i-mate

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i-mate
Industry Telecommunications
Computer software
Founded Glasgow, Scotland in 2001
Founders Jim Morrison
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Dubai Internet City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Area served Worldwide
Key people Jim Morrison, CEO
Products Mobile phones
Smartphones
Multimedia computers
Services Services and Software
Online services

i-mate was a company selling Windows Mobile-powered devices. The Group was launched by Jim Morrison, who began his telecoms career at sea with Cable & Wireless and was later involved in the team at O2 that designed the first O2 Xda Pocket PC phone. He subsequently obtained rights to HTC products outside of O2 territories and setup i-mate in Glasgow, Scotland to deliver into the market place. It was based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and operated in the UK, Italy, Armenia, Australia, India, the U.S.A and South Africa.The company went out of business in September 2009.[1][2]

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From the beginning of its existence until fall of 2006, i-mate sold branded versions of Pocket PCs, PPC phones, and smartphones manufactured by Taiwanese mobile device giant HTC. In September 2006, HTC ended this relationship with i-mate (at the same time it cut ties with O2). This was announced soon after HTC started selling devices under its own brand name in Europe and purchased the PPC/smartphone distributor Dopod which serves Asia and Australia. Since the end of its relationship with HTC, i-mate carried devices from other manufacturers, including Inventec and TechFaith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray, Bill (2009-09-29). "i-mate boss blames 'fraud' for company's demise". The Register. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Reilly, Damian. "EXCLUSIVE: i-mate 'fraud' will run to $15m - CEO". Arabian Business. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 

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