Bye bye, Venue Pro; Dell discontinues smartphone sales in the U.S.
Fare thee well, Dell Venue Pro. That's right, Dell has discontinued sales of the vertical-sliding Windows Phone handset in the United States, along with the rest of its smartphones, effective immediately. The smartphones have been removed from the website for users in the U.S., but will continue to be sold in Japan, India and China.
PC World reports that Dell has decided to shift its focus to emerging markets and higher-margin items. A Dell spokesperson told them that the smartphones had run their course saying, "mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops." He said that Dell will be offering new mobile products later in 2012, but did not specify whether that would include smartphones.
The Venue and Venue Pro join a long list of other mobile devices, like the Streak line of tablets and any number of netbooks that have seen their last days. They have been unable to keep pace with the plethora of consumer-minded manufacturers and has chosen to focus instead on enterprise-based mobile devices that can be used for both work and home.
So... will Dell be missed?