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Dell mobile grinds to a halt

It looks like computer maker Dell has largely given up on its ill-fated attempts to get into the mobile phone business.

Today, we learn that the chap in charge of Dell's mobile business is to quit and the division faces the axe.

Ron Garriques, who joined Dell in 2007 will depart in January, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A spokesman told the Wall Street journal that Dell's Communications Solutions group, responsible for Dell phones and the Streak tablet, will be broken up and split between different departments. Garriques himself was keeping quiet.

Dell has made a couple of phones but no-one's really buying them except Dell itself. Likewise Michael Dell described the Streak as "exciting, but immaterial" when considering the launch compared to the revenue it brings in.