AT&T (NYSE:T) announced it would be the first carrier of the new smartphone from Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) named the Aero. The company recently announced they would be offering the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus from Palm Inc. too.
The Aero from Dell is their first offering in the smartphone market, and added that while AT&T will be the first carrier for the Aero, they eventually a multiple carriers for the phone.
Included with the Aero will be access to online photo sites like Picassa and Flickr, along with video sites like YouTube and social networking site Facebook, as the phone is a 5 megapixel camera which includes a number of mini-applications which can be used to transfer your media.
Also coming with the Aero is Adobe Flash support, a gps system and a Web browser.
This is an interesting move by Dell into the smartphone market, as it's dominated by Research in Motion on the business side and Apple, which has been stealing market share from Palm in a big way.
The question is if some of the differences with the Apple phones are enough to get people to buy it.
Dell is completely inexperienced in this area, but if they can gain some market share it's a huge winner for them. At this time it seems a 50/50 chance they may make it, but the economic weakness still inherent in the United State could dampen sales.
AT&T has been taking pre-order for the device, although no official date has been made available as to when they'll reach the market.
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