Dell leaving the smartphone business

Dell is definitely pulling the plug on the smartphone business, globally. A tough decision, leaving a market that is expected to reach $150.3 billion in 2014, according to MarketsandMarkets.

Now they just need to quit selling computers and we’re all set.

  • E K

    Wait.. Dell was selling smartphones?

  • D Pauw

    Obligatory “they were in the smartphone business?”

    • MacsenMcBain

      Seriously- were they actually making any? I remember something about a 5 inch tablet, but I don’t recall hearing about any Dell phones.

  • Shocker.

  • gglockner

    Brilliant move. Maybe Dell should shut down and give the money back to the shareholders.

  • Dell sells things?

  • I would wager a bet it will be Apple that stops selling computers first.

    • JohnDoey

      That is absurd. The Mac is more than 90% of high-end PC sales. Whole industries like movies and music and biotech rely in the Mac. 100% of Apple, 100% of Twitter, 100% of Genentech, 90% of Facebook, and 75% of Google are on Macs, using them for things that only Macs can do. Apple will be the last traditional computer maker, not the first. Everyone else competes with iPad at $400 and has almost no chance of surviving the next 5 years.

      The key with Apple is that they not only lead in next-generation touch computing, they also lead in traditional mouse computing and they also lead in smartphones, because all of those are computers and they are the original, oldest, and best at making personal computers.

      • Zeatrix

        References? For example, I seriously doubt 75% of Google uses Macs considering Linux is so big there.

        • kibbles

          google now only supports Mac or Linux, so i wouldnt doubt it — id expect most users opt for the Mac hardware and virtualize when using Linux.

  • Bassie Ann

    “Now they just need to quit selling computers and we’re all set.” Because?

    • Because as an Apple fan, you are obviously obligated to hate Dell.

      Because their CEO poo-pooed Apple a couple decades ago. The Apple devoted do not forget easily.

    • I dislike Dell the same way I dislike the companies that make dollar store plastic wrap. The products are cheap, and you get what you pay for.

    • kibbles

      because they make crappy computers. having had to support them for family members i personally know this. i like to see crappy things disappear.

      • This. Because they’re no longer very good at what they’re supposed to be good at.

  • JohnDoey

    If Dell becomes a Mutual Fund, they can invest their shareholders money in Apple stock and make them some money in computing.

  • Vicky

    Dear Jim,

    Your attitude that all companies should just shut down and Apple should be the only operating company in world is abhorring to say the least.

    Thousands of people work for Dell and depend on it for their livelihood. I do not work for Dell/HP/Lenovo or any other PC producing companies but I have used their products in the past and they were all good.

    If you configure your Dell PC with $1000 or so, you get an amazing machine and in my recent experience, the Lenovo PC did not have a single bloat ware on it.

    You get what you paid for. If you buy $300 worth of PC, you will get Pentium PC which is bad but is an option for person who doesn’t have the budget.

    Accept that you are extreme fanboy who would go gaga even over iPod socks.

    • kibbles

      i think the reason he states that they should “shut down” is because that is a direct quote of Dell’s CEO regarding apple. so twisting the knife now that their fortunes have reversed is quite enjoyable.