PDA News – Palm Gets Props, Dell Axim X50v Wins Design Award, T-Mobile For Sale?

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PalmOne gets a good report from The Motley Fool

PalmOne’s financial report last week was pretty solid and Wall Street is taking notice. PalmOne has gone from a company looking for a way out, to one that’s well positioned for future growth. From Fool.com:

Last week’s report indicates that the Treo smartphone is catching on quite well so far. Treo sales increased by 250% over the same quarter last year, with a 57% uptick in sales compared with last quarter.

Many statistics show the smartphone industry as still in its infancy, and if so, that means a compelling opportunity for companies like palmOne. Of course, there are plenty of other companies that hope to provide smartphones with broad functionality to consumers and corporate clients.

The Dell Axim X50v has won a Red Dot Product Design Excellence Award

The Dell Axim X50v handheld, the Dell Photo Printer 540 and the Dell USB Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard received the awards after being evaluated on innovation, design, durability and quality. “The Red Dot awards confirm what we’ve heard from customers for a long time — Dell products are innovative and deliver the features and value needed,” said Kevin Kettler, Dell’s chief technology officer.

Dell consulted M3 Design to help develop a handheld with the latest PDA technology in a slim, dual-slot design. The Axim X50v features a 3.7-inch VGA screen with up to four times the resolution of a standard QVGA handheld and delivers excellent productivity, web surfing, gaming, photo viewing and video playback.

The full press release is available here.

T-Mobile USA may be put up for sale

T-Mobile USA is owned by T-Mobile Germany, who might be looking to punt the US unit. T-Mobile is now a small carrier, thanks to all the mergers and acquisitions done by competitors like Sprint PCS, Cingular and Verizon. T-Mobile is the only major US carrier who continues to refuse to invest in next generation data networks. A sale is not certain, but possible suitors include Cingular in the US and other foreign companies like Vodafone, who would love to get their fingers into US markets. A sale to either, or someone else entirely, is likely to benefit subscribers.



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