Thanks to a slip of the tongue during a panel at MWC 2009, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated that “Dell announced they’re entering the smartphone market.” Oops. Rumors suggesting Dell is ready to take the plunge and offer up a new smartphone have been circulating for quite some time now, but no such official announcement has come out the Dell camp at MWC thus far. Perhaps this comment by de la Vega is a harbinger of good things to come? Put it this way: Either Dell has something in store for us some time over the next couple of days, or Ralphie needs to lay off the single malts.

UPDATE: del la Vega claims he was misquoted and knows nothing of a Dell smartphone beyond the rumors we’ve all been hearing.