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Dell is preparing a move into cell phones as early as next month, the
Wall Street Journal
reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
The computer company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said, according to the newspaper. They produced prototypes built on
Android operating system and
Windows Mobile software.
reports Dell is focusing on so-called smartphones, higher-end devices that include features such as Web browsing and email, including one with a touch-screen similar to
Dell is trying to increase its sales as its mainstay personal-computer business struggles in the recession, the
Shares of Dell slid Thursday on news that $280 million in expenses related to restructuring efforts and stock-option expenses would cut deeply into its fourth-quarter results.
Dell closed down 4.5% to $9.50 Friday.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.