3Com said it is "very committed" to providing a device combining Palm Pilot and GSM mobile phone technology, but failed to provide details yesterday at Cebit as expected.
Eric Benhamou, 3Com's chairman, last year announced plans to roll out a combined device in Europe during 1999, but despite announcing an alliance with GSM vendor Alcatel earlier this week, the company today refused to comment on its smartphone plans in Europe.
"We're very committed to a one piece device," said Mark Bercow, vice president of strategic alliances and platform development at 3Com's Palm Computing division. But Bercow would not say when a one piece device would be released in Europe.
Alcatel and 3Com earlier this week announced plans to cooperate on developing an application protocol interface for linking mobiles and personal computing devices. The companies are also working on a two piece offering, combining Alcatel's GSM technology with the Palm Pilot.
3Com is likely to look for other partners before launching its smartphone device.
"We want to work with as many [GSM manufacturers] as possible [on smartphones]," said Bercow. Alcatel "may over time" become one of these partners, he added.
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