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Ding dong, the Voq is dead

June 8, 2005

Ding dong, the Voq is dead:

The poor, much-maligned Voq smartphone from Sierra Wireless has just been put out of its misery. The company announced that the QWERTY smartphone line will be either divested or terminated due to lackluster sales. And to refresh everyone’s memory on exactly why those sales were so tremendously lackluster, let’s just say bungling a product launch bad enough to earn you a shareholder’s suit should pretty much have been the writing on the wall.

If the device wasn’t such a piece of junk and the software they tagged onto a lack-luster Windows Mobile version that was outdated already by the time the device launched, maybe this could have worked. But having spent a week with this … thing … I’m glad I got rid of it. I feel myself getting amped up over the new info coming from MS around push email and other features of Exchange SP2 with Windows Mobile 5.0, but will they live up to the hype that has been generated? Let’s hope so, because the market may give up on MS if it doesn’t deliver.

I read something this morning from some “analyst” who said that the new feature pack wasn’t really pushing email, the device still had to go check for email (like Outlook does), just more often. I hope this is an incorrect assumption based on the current version of WM5.0 without the impending feature pack. Anyone heard any clarification on what MS really means by push?

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