The rumors started in April: Dell might be looking to expand
beyond its computer roots into the smart phone space. The company said nothing.Dell-logo

Then came the leaked pictures. Blurry, but they had a taste
of reality to them. The company said nothing.

Now the company’s talking – but it’s stopping just short of
saying “we’re doing one”. What’s the holdup?

"What operators want from us is a [smart phone]
solution that's about supporting their technology…and their value-added
services," Ron Garriques, president of Dell's consumer division, told
analysts at a gathering last week.

 Here’s what’s
suspected about Dell’s smart phone plans:

  • It
    will be touch-screen centric, like the iPhone.
  • It
    will use Google’s Android operating system
  • It
    probably won’t be limited to a single cell phone provider. (Garriques came to Dell from Motorola and
    his non-compete agreement reportedly expired earlier this year, which has added
    fuel to the smart phone fire. Add it all up and it’s pretty obvious Dell is
    gearing up to make a move. So why won’t it just come out and say so?

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