Its no surprise that RIM fired back a quick retort to Dell’s public announcement that they will be replacing their employees 25,000 BlackBerrys with Dell manufactured Venue Pro Windows 7 devices. According to the WSJ Senior Corporate Marketing VP Mark Guibert at RIM said:
"We find it highly unlikely that they will actually save any money with this move and far more likely they were looking for a little free publicity,"
I find it really weird that Dell has stuck with BlackBerrys as long as they have. Dell makes their own phones and they were so bad that even their employees did not want them? Or better yet did Dell not think they were appropriate for business? This would be like Microsoft or Apple issuing iPhones or BlackBerrys to their employees.
It is true that Windows Phone 7 actually stands to compete with RIM in the vaunted enterprise market but it is still a work in progress without key features like multitasking, state retention, and copy and paste. I am sure Dell employees will love taking a step back on those features.
What do you think?