Dell reportedly mulling mobile-phone launch

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Dell reportedly mulling mobile-phone launch
By John Letzing, MarketWatch
Last update: 9:48 p.m. EST Jan. 29, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Embattled personal-computer maker Dell Inc. may release a mobile phone as soon as next month, according to a news report late Thursday.

The online edition of The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that Dell has had engineers working on prototypes based on mobile software from both Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
Dell plans to focus on high-end smart-phones, including one with a touch-screen similar to Apple Inc.'s (AAPL:

However, the Round Rock, Tex.-based company hasn't finalized plans and may yet abandon the effort, according to the report.

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