Bye bye NEC mobiles – again

First Sony and Ericsson merge, then BenQ and Siemens. Then Panasonic packs its bags and leaves Europe and now, according to Mobile Gazette, so too doe

First Sony and Ericsson merge, then BenQ and Siemens. Then Panasonic packs its bags and leaves Europe and now, according to Mobile Gazette, so too does NEC's mobile wing. It's not the first time the 3G and i-mode handset maker has found it all too much. It dropped its 'elegant' candy bar phones back in the dim and distant past before 3G. It didn't come back for its current run until 2003, when it launched some of the first third-generation phones for fledgling network, 3. Granted, models such as the E808 (pictured) were the size of settees but they did eventually get smaller. The company even flirted with non-3G phones such as the lacklustre E101. i-mode offered another opportunity to crack the market with the N-series line of phones but, alas, to no avail. People just haven't been buying them. Still, it might not be the end for NEC. Word is it’s joining forces with Panasonic and Texas Instruments to claim a stake of the new high-speed 3G HSDPA market. You never know: it could be third time lucky. Essentials

Contact: NEC Mobiles