There is commonly a hiatus between a product being announced and it becoming available to buy. However, rarely is the gap quite as long as it has been with BenQ's P50, a quad-band Windows Mobile smartphone. First seen at the 2004 CeBIT show, launch announcements followed from BenQ in January 2005 and then again in May. It finally went on sale in the UK a few weeks ago. Although BenQ Mobile (the company formed when BenQ bought Siemens' mobile business) has now announced the Windows Mobile 5-based BenQ-Siemens P51, this is not due to ship until July. The BenQ P50 is available from Expansys for £329.95 (inc. VAT; £280.81 ex. VAT).