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We Get it Dell, You're Working on a Smartphone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

It hasn't been all that long since we last heard rumors about Dell's supposed plans for a smartphone and already bigwigs at the company are reminding us, that yes, it is indeed building a smartphone.

Ron Garriques, former head of Motorola's Mobile Devices Unit, and current VP of Dell's Consumer Division, yesterday told analysts that the company would "work with the top three to four" carriers "and see what their needs are."

It echoes the words of Michael Dell who in March told attendees at a mobile conference in Japan that the company was exploring smaller screen devices. At the time Dell said, "We don't have any announcements to share today but stay tuned as when we have new news we will share that with you."

Fast forward a couple of months to a June report in the Wall Street Journal which claimed Dell engineers are developing a pocket-sized internet device that will run on Google’s Android operating system. WSJ cited sources that said the device resembled a slightly larger version of Apple's iPod Touch.

However as old as Mr. Garriques words seem, it's interesting to note that the VP said Dell was talking to carriers to "see what their needs are." At the beginning of the year, analysts said that Dell had brought a prototype to carriers but had been turned away because the device was too boring.

A report in the Financial Times says that Garriques also suggested that Dell would try to develop smartphone products for sale in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Read the full report here.

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    tipoo , July 16, 2009 4:10 PM
    apmyhrIs there anyone NOT making a smartphone these days?


    Tim Hortons.
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    Kill@dor , July 16, 2009 4:07 PM
    Oh great! Just what the people ordered...another Dell epic fail.
  • 2 Hide
    apmyhr , July 16, 2009 4:08 PM
    Is there anyone NOT making a smartphone these days?
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  • 15 Hide
    tipoo , July 16, 2009 4:10 PM
    apmyhrIs there anyone NOT making a smartphone these days?


    Tim Hortons.
  • 0 Hide
    sylvez , July 16, 2009 4:49 PM
    i had a bad experience with dell. I bought the v50 (or issit 50v) with the promise from dell that it will support WM5 and i had since then nothing but headaches. THEN DELL BROUGHT THE DEVICE OUT OF MARKET.

    oh well.

    *sucks thumb*
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    Gin Fushicho , July 16, 2009 4:49 PM
    LOL! "too boring". Sounds like Dell alright. Makes his own Dell jingle. "Dell , always catering to elders".
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    nukemaster , July 16, 2009 5:21 PM
    tipooTim Hortons.

    LOL
    Sure they are! It gets free minutes every time you buy coffee and there is free internet at all Tim Hortons locations :p 
  • 4 Hide
    norbs , July 16, 2009 6:42 PM
    tipooTim Hortons.

    *sigh* You didn't get the memo?
  • 4 Hide
    sublifer , July 16, 2009 6:44 PM
    Quote:
    when we have new news we will share that with you

    Clearly a graduate of the redundant school of redundancy
  • 2 Hide
    tipoo , July 16, 2009 6:47 PM
    norbs*sigh* You didn't get the memo?


    *Reads memo*

    Oh goodness, they are.
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    IronRyan21 , July 16, 2009 7:21 PM
    apmyhrIs there anyone NOT making a smartphone these days?


    I've decided it's in my best interest to not release a smartphone this year. I know, I know, everyone is sad....
  • 3 Hide
    apache_lives , July 16, 2009 9:27 PM
    the Delephone?
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    p00dl3_h3r0 , July 16, 2009 10:43 PM
    nukemasterLOLSure they are! It gets free minutes every time you buy coffee and there is free internet at all Tim Hortons locations

    Throw in a discount on hot smoothies and i'm all over that faster than you can say "Last remaining Canadian franchise."
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    grieve , July 17, 2009 5:12 PM
    gin FushichoLOL! "too boring". Sounds like Dell alright. Makes his own Dell jingle. "Dell , always catering to elders".


    Welcome to Dell, where quality is just a slogan!