byChris Ziegler||November 11th 2006 at 5:21pmNovember 11th 2006 5:21 pm
Sorry, SavaJe fans -- if you call Vodafone home, it looks like you're out of luck. Hoping to reduce integration, development, and support costs and speed up time to market, Vodafone has announced plans to purge their lineup of anything that doesn't run on Windows Mobile, Series 60, or Linux. The streamlining will take place over the next five years, during which a separate agreement announced with Microsoft aims to "integrate Vodafone's applications and services with Microsoft's software" -- we're not exactly sure what that means, but we think it has something to do with getting Vodafone-branded Windows Mobile devices into users' hands with a little more hustle than everyone's accustomed to. The first visible evidence of this grand plan for standardization should apparently rear its head in the first half of 2007 with some Samsung hardware. The i520, perhaps?