Acer to offer free smartphones (on contract) in the US
Being a newcomer in the smartphone market is not easy, and Acer, which has just joined the game, is certainly aware of this.
Mainly known for its desktop and laptop computers, the Taiwan-based company is not only trying to debut well in the smartphone industry, but it also wants to “be in the top five within five years”.
For this to happen, it needs more than just nice-looking and good-featured devices. It needs attractive prices.
According to PC Mag, Acer plans to conquer the US market with Windows Mobile smartphones that are offered for free when bought with contract agreements.
Aymar de Lencquesaing, President of Acer’s Smartphone Unit, believes that AT&T and T-Mobile will want to carry Acer smartphones, due to the fact that his company also sells netbooks – and netbooks are what mobile operators are highly interested in (AT&T is already offering the Acer Aspire One).
(this is the WM 6.1 Acer M900)
It looks like the US might be getting the promised Acer handsets in the fourth quarter of 2009, or the beginning of 2010.
Sadly, there’s no word yet on what handsets exactly Acer will try to launch. We could be talking about models like Acer M900, Acer F900, Acer X960 and Acer DX900; or Acer C1, Acer F1, Acer E1 and Acer L1, which are said to come with Windows Mobile 6.5 on-board.
As confirmed at MWC 2009, Acer is also working on Android-powered smartphones, but for the moment there are no details about their release in the US.