updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed July 15, 2009
Dell Talking to Carriers
Dell at a presentation later on Tuesday said it was talking with the "top three to four" carriers about the possibility of offering them phones. The company's consumer product head, former Motorola executive Roland Garriques, didn't name the companies but said Dell wanted to "see what their needs are" in a device. He also outlined a vision of handhelds or other sub-notebooks and saw Dell offering devices between 4 and 12 inches that could interoperate with each other.
The statements would contradict claims that Dell is making an Internet-only device and instead supports earlier notions that the company is developing its own phone, either of which is believed to run Android. The Texas PC builder hasn't produced a handheld smart device since discontinuing its Axim PDAs in 2007 but has reportedly been out of the market partly through missteps of its own, which may have included a too-imitative design that made European and North American carriers turn it down.