Telefonica ditches BlackBerry in favor of Windows Phones

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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Lumia 520
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  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)
Lumia 925
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  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. papss unregistered

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

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

+1 for WP

4. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

they getting lumia 1020 64gb

5. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

(o.O) Telefonica ditches BlackBerry in favor of Nokia Lumia windows phones now it's prefect :D

7. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

How is it perfect??

6. Mr-Robert

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

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

9. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 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.

12. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

13. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

15. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 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

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

10. zennacko unregistered

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?

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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..

14. gavinj

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 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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