Sierra Wireless Pulls the Plug on the Voq Smartphone

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Sierra Wireless plans to stop production of its Voq smartphone.

“We have enjoyed limited success to date on the Voq Professional Phone and have concluded that continuing to proceed with Voq is no longer the best use of our resources, given our other opportunities,” said David Sutcliffe, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless.

To say that this device enjoyed limited success might be a bit of an understatement, as the company admitted today it only accounts for 1 percent of its revenue.

In addition, the Voq caused big problems for Sierra Wireless. It used to have a very lucrative contract to make cellular-wireless radios for use in palmOne’s Treo line. However, palmOne canceled this contract after Sierra Wireless released a competing smartphone.

“We will now seek the most effective exit, whether by divestiture or by termination of the initiative,” said Sutcliffe.

More About the Voq

The Voq runs Microsoft Windows Mobile for Smartphone. It features both a phone keypad and unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad.

This device uses a 200 MHz Intel PXA262 XScale processor. It includes 32 MB of RAM, of which 16 MB is available to the user to run applications. It also has 48 MB of Flash memory, of which 20 MB is available to store data and software.

It also has an SD/MMC slot for removable memory cards, allowing even more applications and files to be stored.

The Voq has a 2.2-inch, 220-by-176-pixel screen and a joystick for user input, not a touch screen.

Users are able to access email and the Web, send instant messages, make phone calls, play games, and run other types of applications.

This is tri-band world phone, supporting global GSM voice networks and GPRS data networks.

More information on the Voq, including where to buy one, is available on the Sierra Wireless web site.

Thanks to Mobile Tracker for the tip.

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