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In a shocker for the ages, Samsung has announced that they will no longer manufacture low-end phones. You know, those phones that are often free, or sub-$100 with the purchase of a contract from a provider. Instead Samsung will be focusing its attention on the "mid-end business phones" market.

It's kind of sad to see this happen—I'm a pretty big fan of the low-end Samsung phones. Hell, they have a pretty strong grasp of the low-end market and it is odd to see Sammy just throw it all away so they can pursue the business-phone market that is already dominated by HTC, Blackberry and Palm. Oh well, good luck, Samsung.

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Samsung makes early exit from low-end phone market [MobileMag]