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Dell Staff Get Win Phone 7 to Ditch BlackBerrys

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Microsoft made headlines back in July when it gave out over 90,000 Windows Phone 7 phones to its staff. Now it looks like Dell is taking a leaf out of Redmond's book while supporting its own product at the same time.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Dell has revealed plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones, giving them all Windows Phone 7-equipped Venue Pros in exchange for handing in their BlackBerrys.

CFO Brian Gladden said the company would be working with T-Mobile to hash out a deal that would allow Dell to purchase minutes and data in bulk rather than buying individual plans for employees. Unused data and minutes would carryover, and the switch itself would eliminate the need for BlackBerry servers, saving Dell 25 percent in mobile communication costs.

Though this obviously shows Dell's confidence in its own product, the company also has plans to aggressively market a service to help other companies make the same switch. No doubt Dell plans to use its own experiences as an example of how great things could turn out. There is one problem, however. With Dell handing out 25,000 Venue Pros (the company will also offer employees Dell-brand Android phones in the future), there's going to be 25,000 BlackBerrys lying in a heap in Dell's office. Dell doesn't seem to be quite sure how it's going to get rid of the phones yet, but the company's definitely been brainstorming to come up with a solution.

"We actually had a conversation last night around creating a site on eBay where we can actually sell these BlackBerry devices, Mr. Gladden told the Wall Street Journal.

Read more about the switch here.

Source: Wall Street Journal           

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    plznote , November 6, 2010 12:00 AM
    i'll buy one
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    jskilnyk , November 6, 2010 12:06 AM
    I can see why Dell is giving them phones. I mean if they can save 25% overall cost of phone and data service for 25,000 employees. Thats a lot of money. I be whoever thought of that money saving idea at Dell is getting a nice fat bonus.
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    stm1185 , November 6, 2010 12:08 AM
    Dell should offer that to other companies. Replace all their Windows XP towers and Blackberrys for 7&7.
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    xantek24 , November 6, 2010 1:54 AM
    hey dell, wanna do business? i can make those blackberries disappear in a week.
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    otacon72 , November 6, 2010 3:04 AM
    I asked my IT department if we'd able to use WP7 devices to connect to the servers...they laughed. Asked the same question about the iphone when it first came out...they laughed then too. We've been with RIM for years and it will stay that way..lol They are testing Android devices now and said probably in the near future.

    ...and when WP7 falls flat they will be going back to RIM..lol
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    otacon72 , November 6, 2010 3:06 AM
    xantek24hey dell, wanna do business? i can make those blackberries disappear in a week.


    If they got any new Bolds my IT department would love to take them off their hands.
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    Anonymous , November 6, 2010 4:08 AM
    Yeah, like ANY Microsoft hardware item has ever lasted more that 3 years before being shelved as unusable - the MS mouse excepted.
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    john_westra , November 6, 2010 11:27 AM
    The cost savings (ROI) associated with the elimination of a propriety messaging infrastructure (Blackberry Servers), is the "value nugget" in this story. If Dell can demonstrate a ROI case to other businesses, who don't have the luxury of getting devices at the manufacturer's cost, this could be a devastating blow to RIM/Blackberry.
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    cookoy , November 6, 2010 3:59 PM
    i can only assume these are company-issued BlackBerrys and not someone's personal stuff.
    next news item: Apple issues iPhones to its employees ("In your dreams" - Jobs)
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    michaelahess , November 6, 2010 4:06 PM
    My windows mobile phone users are much happier than my BB users. Sorry but active sync on exchange 2007/10 is just far superior to BB ent server. I have to assume win phone 7 will work as well as windows mobile 6.5, if not better, so by-by BB.
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    n8dogg , November 6, 2010 4:17 PM
    I love the clowns who think win 7 phone will fail. I had a chance to play with the dell win 7 phone and I love my captivate but it's pretty sweet. I'd buy one just to monkey around with it.
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    Vladislaus , November 6, 2010 8:38 PM
    Olden_AtwoodyYeah, like ANY Microsoft hardware item has ever lasted more that 3 years before being shelved as unusable - the MS mouse excepted.

    Xbox?

    Also the phone in question is a dell venue pro. To my knowledge microsoft doesn't have a WP7 device.
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    Saljen , November 6, 2010 10:06 PM
    john_westraThe cost savings (ROI) associated with the elimination of a propriety messaging infrastructure (Blackberry Servers), is the "value nugget" in this story. If Dell can demonstrate a ROI case to other businesses, who don't have the luxury of getting devices at the manufacturer's cost, this could be a devastating blow to RIM/Blackberry.

    Since when was Microsoft in the hardware buissness? (mouse/keyboard aside). These devices are made by manufacturers other than Microsoft, and the last I checked... Microsoft software lasts quite a while. Windows XP anyone?
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    bunz_of_steel , November 7, 2010 2:29 AM
    money saved..... goes right into some big fat CEO's and exec's wallets.
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    lradunovic77 , November 7, 2010 11:14 AM
    I predict that Windows Phone will be dominant on the market.
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    Anonymous , November 7, 2010 2:59 PM
    Dunno bout you guys but I'm loving my blackberry torch 9800. Gets the job done nicely when it comes to social communication or PDA organization. So enjoy your androids, iphones, win 7's, etc. Either way I could care less
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    digiex , November 7, 2010 4:37 PM
    How much did M$ paid DELL.
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    mtyermom , November 7, 2010 4:48 PM
    stm1185Dell should offer that to other companies. Replace all their Windows XP towers and Blackberrys for 7&7.


    I see what you did there!
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    long2know , November 7, 2010 10:58 PM
    I'd rather have a Dell Streak.
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    joebob2000 , November 8, 2010 2:05 PM
    Let's hope that Dell knows how to low-level format those old blackberries. Ebay is an absolute treasure trove for e-dumpsterdivers to find corporate secrets on old hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, etc.
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