Beleaguered Dell discontinues all U.S. smartphone sales

“Dell has stopped selling smartphones in the U.S. as it tweaks its mobile strategy to focus more on emerging markets and higher-margin products,” Agam Shah reports for IDG News Service.

“Dell has nixed its last standing Venue and Venue Pro smartphones and no replacements have been announced. The smartphones had run their course, a Dell spokesman said,” Shah reports. “‘Mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops,’ he said. Dell will introduce more mobile products in the U.S. later this year, but the spokesman didn’t say if smartphones will be among them.”

Shah reports, “Ending the Venue sales means Dell has discontinued all its U.S. smartphone brands, after entering the market in August 2010 with the Aero smartphone and Streak 5 combined tablet/smartphone. Its Venue smartphones were offered with Google’s Android and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating systems. Dell discontinued the Streak 5 around a year later, and stopped selling Streak 7 late last year.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]

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41 Comments

    1. Sales were ‘discontinued’ alright, but I don’t know that Dell had much to do with that.

      Wouldn’t it be more correct to say that ‘purchases’ were discontinued by Dell customers?

    2. “Dell had a smartphone??”

      Seriously. When? Where? What? I dimly remember some tall tales about introducing something, sometime back, somewhere, but, were there actually Dell-branded smartphones out there at any real time?

  1. Wow. I’d have thought there were enough Apple haters to at least keep them shipping product.

    I love the “well we’re not selling them in the US, but they’re doing great in Indonesia” excuse I hear every so often in my line of work.

    1. Americans seriously need to wake up to developing nations. Although the US has only 4.47% of the population they have a large control over industry and money. this doesn’t mean it will continue as the rest of the world catches up in GDP.

      last I looked Indonesia is the next most populous country in the world after the US. A cell phone sale does not discriminate. The newest and greatest may be sold in the US or Japan first, but in terms of unit counts the 4.47% of the population of the US is a pittance in the total numbers sold.

      1. Splat??

        Sounds about right. The problem is that in many third world countries, there is only a small percent of the population that can afford a good smart phone. If you live in a rusted sheet metal hut, its unlikely you will have a Verizon data plan!! 🙂

        And while there is more money in third world countries, very true, how many phones does a rich person buy?

        Just a thought.
        en

      2. Sure, there’s huge markets in developing nations. That wasn’t my point. It’s an embarrassment (in my opinion) to not be able to sell products in your own backyard.

  2. Who would buy a phone from Dell anyways?

    I’ve noticed that there are only two types of customers these days… Apple lovers and Apple haters. You never hear someone say they got a Droid or whatever because it’s a flat out better product. It’s always a list of reasons why they didn’t get an iPhone.

  3. a Dell spokesman said,” Shah reports. “‘Mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops,’????? What a hoot! That’s a laugh. That Dell spokesperson would have a booming career as a Presidential Press Secretary!

    Shorter lifecycle? Only if you have a product that doesn’t sell? Dell enters the smartphone market in 2010 and exits 2012, while Apple enters in 2007 and still has lines during each new phone release and people still buying their ‘lifecycled’ last year model, as well as, a booming EBAY eco-system. Something Dell’s products never seem to enjoy.

    1. Good points. I would add that Apple doesn’t have a bloated SKU list with 25 different models with different features. I hate outfits whose product list reads like a menu at a Chinese restaurant. “Let’s see, we have a chicken so we need a vegetable and I like hot n spicy. Anyone else?”

      Apple and KISS and following Occam’s philosophy.

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