Fresh off the completion of its purchase of PC makers Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell BV, Taiwanese computer company Acer Inc. on Monday announced another major deal. The company said it would pay about $290 million to acquire handheld device maker E-Ten Information Systems Co. Ltd.
E-Ten, which markets so-called Windows-based smartphones under the brand Glofiish, would make an interesting addition to Acer, which in the past has marketed its own PDAs but hasn't dabbled in the cell-phone market. The addition of Gateway and Packard Bell gives Acer a big global sales footprint, and some are even heralding the deal as the genesis of the "aPhone," in a nod to another PC maker's success with its smartphone. - Olaf de Senerpont Domis