Feeds

Sierra to axe Voq Pro smart phone

Enjoyed only 'limited success'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Sierra Wireless is to drop its Voq Pro smart phone, the company announced today, citing the product's "limited success" as one of the factors behind the move.

Sierra Voq ProSierra operates primarily in the embedded radio market - building a successful line of cellular network PC Cards, for example - and it said it wants to focus its efforts on those markets.

Based on Windows Mobile, the Voq Pro was notable for its phone-like design at a time when most Windows Mobile devices opted for bulky, more PDA-like casings. It also sported an innovative fold-out QWERTY keypad. The Voq Pro was first demonstrated in October 2003, but didn't ship until the following year.

Alas, by the time it went on sale, there were a range of better products on the market, variously aimed at folk who simply want a candybar handset, a more PDA-like device or a machine with a full keyboard. Sierra also missed the boat on the growing demand for camera phones, and failed to include Bluetooth. The Voq's unfinished-looking design didn't do it any favours either.

Earlier this year, Sierra was challenged with a class action lawsuit that alleged the company had failed in its duties to its shareholders by launching the Voq, a product, the lawsuit alleged, the company knew to be "flawed". According to the law firm behind the action, Lerach Coughlin, the case is still pending.

"To proceed with the Voq is no longer the best use of our resources," said Sierra president and CEO David Sutcliffe. "We will now seek the most effective exit, whether by divestiture or by termination of the initiative." ®

Related stories

Sierra sued over 'flawed' Voq smart phone
Alien smartphone lands in Netherlands
MS plucks Sierra Wireless for smartphone

Related review

Voq Pro smart phone

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.