Carriers may have snubbed the Dell smartphone prototypes

Carriers may have snubbed the Dell smartphone prototypes

Summary: A couple of months ago Andrew asked, "Would you buy a Dell smartphone? and apparently that may not be an option for quite some time, if ever. Dell has not yet issued any official statement regarding their possible smartphone plans, but an analyst stated that Dell was rejected by carriers after they saw a prototype and were not impressed. Dell was known to sell their Pocket PC devices at some of the lowest prices around and by taking this pricing scheme to phones there may not be enough of a profit margin for Dell or the carriers.

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A couple of months ago Andrew asked, "Would you buy a Dell smartphone? and apparently that may not be an option for quite some time, if ever. Dell has not yet issued any official statement regarding their possible smartphone plans, but an analyst stated that Dell was rejected by carriers after they saw a prototype and were not impressed. Dell was known to sell their Pocket PC devices at some of the lowest prices around and by taking this pricing scheme to phones there may not be enough of a profit margin for Dell or the carriers.

Dell may have actually shown off Windows Mobile and Android prototypes, but with the significant number of mobile devices available from companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, and Nokia there may not have been anything compelling about the Dell devices. Mr. Wu reported that Dell is going to think more about a mobile phone strategy and what they can do to enter the smartphone market that looks to continue to grow, even if at a slower pace than previously imagined.

The last Dell Pocket PC, the Axim X51v, was a fantastic device with the best PDA specs available in a sleek design. However, it took a couple generations to get to this device. I would like to see a sleek Dell Axim running the Android OS with an integrated Phone and think that would stand out a bit in today's environment.

Topics: Mobility, Dell, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • Need for "open" mobile networks

    This highlights the problem with the current US smartphone business model. Handset vendors need to win the favor of the mobile operators (for subsidies, promotion, etc.), before they can seriously consider putting a handset into production.

    Hopefully, the Zer01 business model (supply your own device; get a great flat rate on unlimited voice/data), will become predominant in the future.

    Operator subsidies are really nothing more than financing the device over a 24 month period, via higher service fees. You would probably pay less, in the long run, with an "open" model where you arrange 24 month financing for a device from Best Buy.
    linuser
    • Cricket seems to be doing just that.

      At $35 a month for all you can eat is a better deal than Verizon or AT&T can offer.

      The downside is they are using an old CDMA network that has spotty coverage and very high roaming rates.
      kd5auq
    • The public has been too long spoiled by subsidized phones.

      Personally, I agree with your point. I'd much
      rather pay more up-front for my phone, and then
      enjoy cheaper rates on the back end. Can you
      imagine how lame computing would be if everyone
      was forced to buy their personal computers from
      AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, ect, just to use the
      Internet?

      Unfortunately, the public now expects cheap-to-
      free phones, and the industry has long-since
      solidified its business model around that
      concept. I think it's going to be quite some
      time before we can break them of this.
      JohnMcGrew@...
  • RE: Carriers may have snubbed the Dell smartphone prototypes

    Dell should sell the company and refund the money to the
    shareholders.
    comp_indiana
  • RE: Carriers may have snubbed the Dell smartphone prototypes

    It would be interesting to see what Dell does with the Pocket PC phone device. Android devices are totally a snore.
    jfreedle2@...