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  (Source: LihPao)
The hits keep on coming for Blackberry

There's more bad news for BlackBerry, Ltd. (TSE:BB) this week.

Germany's fourth largest mobile carrier, Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG's (ETR:O2D) O2 brand is dumping BlackBerry as its employee smartphone provider, ending a long relationship with the OEM.  Like many who have scorned BlackBerry, Telefonica complained about the high fees BlackBerry charges for its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), the proprietary backbone of BlackBerry's services.

The BlackBerries are getting replaced by Lumia Windows Phones from Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V).  Sales reps will get a budget model (the Lumia 520), while store managers and up will receive a sportier model (the Lumia 925).

Mario Buchner,  Executive Assistant to MD Corporate Affairs & Strategy for Telefónica Germany, tells WMPowerUser:

With the new mobile service control we now use our internal strategic cooperation with Microsoft to save time and high costs.  For the next year we are saving more than a quarter million euros due to the elimination of BlackBerry.  The integration of Windows products in our System landscape is very simple.

The Telefónica PR person says that a top need for employees is to be able to edit and share PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents on the go.  Windows Phone's built in Office suite was a key reason why the carrier picked Windows Phone over Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhones or Google Inc. (GOOG) Android smartphones.

To boot, the PR representatives says that Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) platform is sufficiently secure while lacking the whopping service fees of BES.  Mr. Buchner estimates €250,000 ($332,200 USD) in service fees will be saved by dumping BlackBerry.

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are both eyeing dumping BlackBerry for Android, reportedly.  Numerous other U.S. government agencies dumped BlackBerry, mostly for Apple iPhones in 2012.

BlackBerries in the trash
Droves of clients are dumping BlackBerries. [Image Source: LihPao]

Nokia's Lumia line outsold BlackBerry for the first time last quarter.  Amidst the sales flop of BlackBerry 10, expectations are once more mounting for a potential sale of the Canadian OEM.  For now, though, CEO Thorsten Heins is defying angry shareholders saying all is going as planned, even as BlackBerry sheds value by the week.

Mr. Heins, to his credit, has set his expectations low, proclaiming his wish to be "in third place" in the mobile market (behind Google and Apple).  Unfortunately, his company under his leadership has failed to even achieve that low bar.

Source: WMPowerUser

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By sprockkets on 7/29/2013 4:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
The Telefónica PR person says that a top need for employees is to be able to edit and share PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents on the go.

Apparently they haven't seen how still to this day, editing those docs on WP is incredibly limited.

RE: lol
By althaz on 7/29/2013 9:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
It is pretty limited, but surprisingly useful. The Skydrive integration is also quite brilliant (MS are miles ahead of Apple/Android for cloud storage integration), which at my work is incredibly useful.

RE: lol
By CaedenV on 7/30/2013 12:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
limited, but I use it all of the time for work. I have several templates stored on my phone, so when I get a request for a document I simply fill it out, convert to PDF, and email it out from my phone. Yes, there are a lot of ways to make the process simpler (like being able to attach something other than a picture from the email client rather than starting an email from the share option in the document), but it is still a pretty smooth process, and good enough so that I do not need my laptop for work anymore.

By Zingam on 7/30/2013 12:18:17 AM , Rating: 1
And Jason Mick got an orgazm!

BTW Good luck with Microsoft. They have proven again and again how unreliable are they but that's normal they are an monopoly.

RE: Orgazmic
By Helbore on 7/30/2013 7:21:23 AM , Rating: 2
~3% market share in the smartphone space makes you a monopoly now?

RE: Orgazmic
By ipay on 7/30/2013 9:30:53 AM , Rating: 2
it's microsoft, they must be a monopoly.
Android? isn't that a robot?


RE: Orgazmic
By iamkyle on 7/30/2013 6:12:43 PM , Rating: 1
Of course Jason Mick had an orgasm. It's an anti-BlackBerry article. Typically when any bad news against BB comes up, Jason is always the first to pounce on it.

We get it Mick, you hate BB. Perhaps you can post something insightful, for once.

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