HTC Buying Dopod, Dropping i-mate, O2 as Customers

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For many years, Taiwan-based HTC was content to work behind the scenes making smartphones for other companies, most typically wireless carriers. Recently, though, it has taken a number of steps that will put it in direct competition with many of its former customers.

CNET.com.au is reporting that HTC is close to buying Dopod, a company that offers smartphones — all designed by HTC — in Asia and Australia.

After this deal is finalized, some of Dopod’s competitors that have been selling HTC-designed products will no longer be able to do so.

“O2 doesn’t have the relationship [with HTC] anymore… [and] going forward the HTC relationship won’t extend to i-mate,” said Prim Krithivasan, Director of Dopod’s Regional Operator Division in Australia and India.

Moves in Europe, too

This isn’t the first change HTC has made that indicated that it is no longer to content to play a role off-stage.

Over the summer the company began offering two models — TyTN and MTeoR — under its own brand name.

Who Is HTC?

Although its name is not well-known, HTC is a significant player in the world smartphone market because it makes so many devices that are sold under other companies brands.

According to Dopod, HTC manufactures 80 percent of the Windows Mobile smartphones sold world wide.

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