March 24, 2009, 6:16 PM — When Dell's CEO Michael Dell said yesterday, "We already have agreements with many mobile carriers around netbook devices, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the future," he reinforced the rumors that Dell is actually already moving full-steam ahead into the smartphone business.
That comment has a lot of people talking, and they're saying, "Yeah, so what?" Apparently, not many industry observers, outside of this correspondent, have much interest in a Dell smartphone. And true enough, at this point in the market, one more smartphone is not big news, it's just another fish in a crowded pond, and so far, the word is that Dell has not been able to get any carriers interested in offering a Dell smartphone.
The standard to which all other smartphones are held, the iPhone, still dominates the market, but there are more entrants to this market all the time, and there is definitely room for more competition. And the reason I seem to be the only one interested in Dell's development is my belief that smartphones will continue to come down in price to the point where they are as cheap as an ordinary cell phone--and ordinary cell phones will become nearly obsolete. Dell of course, is very good at competing on price, and they could be a big factor in that trend, and my ultimate goal of buying a smartphone for $15 at Dollar General.