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Telefonica ditches BlackBerry in favor of Windows Phones

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Telefonica ditches BlackBerry in favor of Windows Phones
A leaked O2 Germany document shows that Germany's largest carrier, and a subsidiary of the world's fifth largest telecom, Telefonica, will apparently ditch BlackBerry BES phones in use by employees in favor of Windows Phone. Effective immediately, the move will see O2 Germany employees adopting either the Nokia Lumia 520 (for sales reps) or the Nokia Lumia 925 (store managers and above).

Telefonica Germany's Mario Buchner is cited as claiming that the decision was influenced in part by the massive savings the move will help achieve (pegged at about $330,000 a year) in fees to BlackBerry. Moreover, the decision was further made easy by the inherent integration of Windows Phone products with Microsoft's Office products.

According to WMPowerUser, other Telefonica subsidiaries in the U.K, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Chile are set to follow through with the same measure soon.

Does this spell immediate doom for BlackBerry? Probably not – the Canadian manufacturer has been through worse. It is worth mentioning, though, that the company formerly known as RIM is in one hell of a pickle.

source: WMPowerUser

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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:09 8

1. papss (unregistered)

Nice to see WP8 getting the attention it desirves. I love to see this but feel for BB

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:10 8

2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

I dont like to see companies failling, including Blackberry, but sometimes i feel like they deserve it. Their phones are too bloody expensive. The Q10 goes for USD $700+ unlocked here.

Meanwhile, because of the sheer number of affordable models WP is winning against BB for 3rd place, while BB plan to continue using the obsolete BBOS 7.X for their low end phones.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:34

3. mousesports (Posts: 279; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

+1 for WP

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:34 1

4. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

they getting lumia 1020 64gb

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 06:18 2

5. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Telefonica ditches BlackBerry in favor of Nokia Lumia windows phones

now it's prefect :D

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 06:55

7. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

How is it perfect??

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 06:45

6. Mr-Robert (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)

A very bad move and wrong decision they have made! NokiaWP was not designed for Email clients, more like a camera phone!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 10:29 1

9. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

its a phone, no phones a designed for Email.
Computers are!
However BB have phones that makes Emailing easier with their hardware, but then agian WP and MS are decades ahead of BB when it comes to Email programs.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 13:59 1

12. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

dude, you don't know what are you talking about....

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:07

13. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

You're pretty dumb if you buy a phone for its' email client

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:37

15. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

wobba wat?

i have every single email account i've opened in the past six years on my 920N

including two gmail, three microsoft, yahoo, and even my school account

not to mention built in linked in, twitter, facebook, weibo, etc

at least know something before you make such a statement

oh... for all those accounts... my contacts were added automatically to my phonebook allowing me to reunite with my college flame

so yeah, wp8 got me laid

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 07:03

8. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

LOL... the store managers and above will get the best Nokia phone, while all the others will get the worst! :) At least they could have given them a 720.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 10:33

10. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

Sales reps are expendable, so they shouldn't be expensive for the company, as for managers, well, they're the bosses, they should feel like bosses, and since they pay grade is high, why not a high-end cellphone as well?

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 11:47

11. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Lumia 520 is the best selling WP8 device and its one of the best value for money phones out there right now that has great design and NOKIA quality. They get a 200eur phone for free. How could you complain..

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 02:38

14. gavinj (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

@Mr-Robert, not sure what you base your comment on. The Lumia family is more than the camera and the other cool consumer stuff. It's probably the most secure OS out of the box, and the entire range runs full Office, not just email! It is definitely the best smartphone for Business right now. These devices are about ease of integration (most Corporates run MS), security, productivity and efficiency.

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