The[URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703298004574459380459235704.html?mod=rss_Today%27s_Most_Popular"] Wall Street Journal reported[/URL] yesterday that Dell plans to build its own cell phone running Google's Android operating system, and release it some time next year. It's worth noting that Dell has tried to get into the gadget business before. They made a couple of failed stabs at the MP3 player market. They also tried a PDA back in the day. None of these attempts made much of a dent in the market. That's why I'm wondering why they think they can succeed in the crowded cell phone market. [B]Partnering with AT&T[/B] The announcement includes news that AT&T will …

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The other night my son had a homework assignment asking me how technology had changed since I was a child. I started rattling off the the devices and technologies we take for granted today that didn't exist back then. Sounding like my parents talking about the old days, I told him about how we had no cell phones, PCs, MP3 players or flat screen TVs. There was no CD, DVD or Blue Ray. Nobody had a DVR. There weren't even VCRs. Heck we didn't have a color TV in our house until I was in high school in the 1970s. …

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News [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/dec/14/mobilephones-google-nexus-one-gphone"]"leaked"[/URL] this weekend of an unlocked Google-branded phone. On the upside, an unlocked phone means you aren't tied to any particular carrier, nor are you required to sign a contract, but on the downside, you don't get the large provider subsidy on the phone cost in exchange for the contract lock-in. I'm wondering if Google releases a really nice unlocked phone for a reasonable price, if it could mark the beginning of the end of large network domination in the U.S. [B]The Rest of The World Doesn't Operate this Way[/B] If you go to Europe, you'll find network stores …

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My son needs a new phone, so yesterday at my suggestion, we took a trip to the local AT&T retail store to get a look at the options up close and personal. Instead of eager sales people trying hard to sell us phones, we found they preferred to send us over to the Mall to retail partners Best Buy and Radio Shack. Seems to me if you are going to spend the capital to keep a brick and mortar operation going, you might want to try to be a bit more enthusiastic about selling phones. [B]Why Are We Here?[/B] The …

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The End.