It appears that $99 could the new sweet spot for smartphones. In this podcast, hear why Research in Motion might be ready to start a price war, why Google Android could help drive down the price of smartphones in 2010, and why Palm could be a first big target as the smartphone market consolidates.

This is the first episode of “The Big Question,” a joint production from ZDNet and TechRepublic. I co-host this weekly podcast with ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan. This week’s guest expert is Bill Detwiler, Head Technology Editor of TechRepublic.

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