January 4, 2007
BenQ, a spin off of Acer Corporation, has shut down their mobile phones division, which it had acquired from Siemens about two years ago.
BenQ Mobile incurred heavy losses a few months ago when the business didn’t pick up as well as they had hoped it would. They tried to find an investor to salvage the company, but were unable to do so. Ultimately, they filed for bankruptcy in Germany. The liquidation will leave around 3,000 people unemployed, who will be registered with a local agency for providing replacement jobs.
I never liked BenQ mobile phones much. Their designs never appealed to me and the user interface was also quite unintuitive and shabby, such as the one in the CL71. Overall, I have never found BenQ mobiles worth the money.