Axim X3i with Bluetooth Still Coming to U.S.

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Despite a report that it would not be available in the U.S., Dell still plans to release in this country a version of its Axim X3i with built-in Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

Earlier this week, an article in Techworld said, “The Bluetooth version of Dell’s Axim X3i PDA will only be available in Europe, not in the US.” The article cited Dell’s EMEA product manager for the Axim Line as its source.

Today, however, a spokesperson for Dell in the United States told Brighthand that her company still intends to make this device available on this side of the Atlantic. “We still plan to release a Bluetooth-enabled Axim by mid-year,” she said.

Where’s the Bluetooth?

Bluetooth Logo When Dell started selling the Axim X3i last fall, it had Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth. However, the company said a Bluetooth-enabled version was scheduled for the first half of this year.

It received FCC permission to release this device in the U.S. in January, and it began offering an Axim X3i with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Great Britain and other European countries last month.

There is no word yet on what the new version of the X3i will cost, once it is available in this country.

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