Sayonara i-Mate, it was nice knowing you. The mobile phone company that built Windows Mobile smartphones has closed their doors for good. Around March 2008 i-Mate laid off their entire staff in the U.S. and yesterday all the employees at the Dubai Internet City location were told that the company will have to shut down indefinitely. i-Mate was delisted from all of the stock markets already. The company shut down in the midst of shipping the i-Mate 810-F mobile phone (pictured above).
Initially the employees at the Dubain Internet City office were told to take a two month unpaid leave and then one day later they were told the company was shutting down. The company was unable to make deliveries or do any sort of business. The 810-F device was launched this past February. One retailer was expecting a delivery of the phones, but they never showed up. Now we know why. The company tried to restructure management a few months ago along with sales channels and distribution, but clearly all efforts have failed.