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Dell to Stop Selling Venue and Venue Pro, but New Mobile Devices in the Works

Computer maker Dell has stopped selling its Venue and Venue Pro smartphones in the U.S., effectively discontinuing its current U.S. smartphone brands.

But while the company has no plans to replace those devices, it says more mobile devices will come to market in the near future.

Some of Dell’s current smartphones will still be available in other countries, a Dell spokeswoman said. The Venue Pro is sold in India, and the Venue is available in Korea. The Streak Pro smartphone is still available in China and Japan.

A Dell spokeswoman told AllThingsD that the company is planning to introduce other mobile devices, inclusive of tablets and smartphones, in the U.S. and other countries, in the near future; details surrounding the products are still unclear. Dell CEO Michael Dell has said previously that he believes the Windows 8 operating system will give tablet makers the best chance of competing in an iPad-dominant market, and that “the Android stuff has not done fantastically well.”

It’s been a tough stretch for Dell. In December of last year, the company halted sales of its 7-inch Dell Streak tablet. Prior to that, it discontinued the 5-inch tablet/phone hybrid version of the same device. And it also stopped making netbooks, as computer makers shift more toward lightweight, powerful Ultrabooks.

News that Dell would be killing off its U.S. smartphone offerings was reported earlier by PC World and other outlets.

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