We can hope that technology is making the world a smarter place, and not to be coy but technology is certainly helping. The latest development is how smartphones aren’t just for American users anymore. While many parts of the world have long had advanced feature phones, smartphones have been stronger in America. That is changing and is good news for anyone who does business overseas, as smartphones mean better mobile infrastructure making it easier to stay connected.
Already this year BlackBerry and Apple have continued to roll out their respective handsets to international markets, and now another player is joining them. Dell has confirmed that it will be entering the smartphone arena, and it is doing so in a way that would be considered somewhat exotic. Dell will be releasing its new handsets in China and Brazil with partnerships with two of the world’s largest mobile carriers.
These new phones have long been rumored to be in development, and last week Dell made it official by announcing that the initial Mini 3 smartphones are real. This line of handsets is designed around the Google Android open source mobile operating system. And while American users will have to wait to get one, the devices should be available in China by the end of this month and out in Brazil before year’s end.
In China, the computer company will be releasing the Dell Mini 3 smartphones for the China Mobile carrier, one of the three state-owned mobile carriers in the nation. China Mobile reportedly has around 500 million customers, making it one of the world’s largest carriers. Currently, nearly 97 percent of the Chinese population lives within a part of the nation that receives reception, and this partnership could also see Dell expand beyond China as well, as China Mobile purchased Paktel in Pakistan in 2007 and has launched the ZoNG brand there, bringing some handsets to that market.
To date Dell is also the first mobile PC manufacturer to embed China Mobile’s 3G technology and services into its netbooks, and according to Dell it has become the leading seller of these sleek computer through its own retail outlets in China. This is noteworthy as just a few years ago China’s own PC makers were looking for ways of developing their own operating systems and chips, but with Dell’s introduction into the market, there has been a notable shift in this development.
For the Brazilian market, the handsets will be rolled out to Claro, which is part of the American Movil network and currently serves 42 million customers in the South American nation.
Egyptians Continue to Embrace Mobile
The land of Egypt is one that continues to embrace the new, while still remembering its ancient past. Having been in the shadow of the Sphinx just weeks ago, this reporter can tell you first hand that despite the fact that this nation is still part of the developing world, it is embracing mobile at an increasingly swift pace. And this week Reuters noted that Egypt has seen some 1.95 million new mobile phone accounts created in the month of September alone, to a total of 53.428 million mobile users. According to the government, more than a million accounts have been created every month since late last year as well.