In a direct shot at BlackBerry maker RIM, Dell Inc. plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones and then aggressively market a service to help other companies do the same. Dell Venue Pros running Windows Phone 7 in exchange for their BlackBerrys, but they’re also offering a new service to their clients for help switching from BlackBerry.
Eventually, the company also will offer phones powered by Google Inc.’s Android software.
Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, said in an interview “Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out,”
Dell will begin marketing a service to its business clients within two weeks aimed at helping them make a similar switch.
The switch begins next week and will save the company about 25% in mobile communication costs, primarily by eliminating the need for BlackBerry servers
The company is also talking with T-Mobile USA about purchasing voice minutes and monthly data in bulk, rather than individual employee plans. Minutes and data that go unused by the company would carryover
“We actually had a conversation last night around creating a site on eBay where we can actually sell these BlackBerry devices” that employees return.
Mr. Gladden said he hasn’t told RIM of his plans, adding, “it’s not clear to them the scope of what we’re doing.”
Employees that currently carry company-issued BlackBerrys can choose to receive Venue Pros with voice and data plans. Other employees will get Dell phones, but only with voice plans. They’ll be able to check email via Wi-Fi. Mr. Gladden said his company is working closely with Microsoft and that both parties recognize the opportunity for the software in the business market.
RIM or the Research in Motion has officially announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 running the latest Blackberry OS 6.0 featuring a full QWERTY keypad, 5MP camera with LED flash, and support for 3G/Wi-Fi calling, will be available in T-Mobile stores and online.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 has almost the same exact design and form factor as the previous BlackBerry Bold 9650 back in April and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 prior to that.
Research in Motion (RIM) has updated its Bold series to the 9780 officially confirmed and In U.S. it will be sold by T-mobile for $130 with a two year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile will offer the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 in two colors: black or flash white.
BlackBerry Bold 9780 in Black and Flash White
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available this November 17th, for $129.99 with a 2-year contract, after $50 mail-in rebate.
T-Mobile will apparently sell the smartphone in both White and Black color variants. it’s key features are:
- Premium, top-of-the-line performance with full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad.
- New BlackBerry 6 operating system providing a fluid and user-friendly interface, and front-and-center access to the favorite features, including universal search and Web browser.
- Web browser delivers a desktop-like experience including HTML e-mail and tabbed browsing along with attachment download and document editing.
- Integrated social networking and RSS feeds.
- 624MHz processor, 512 MB of internal memory and support for up to 32 GB with a 2GB memory card included.
- 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, digital zoom and video recording.
- BlackBerry e-mail enables virtual real-time access to up to 10 e-mail accounts such as Yahoo!®, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL®, Gmail™ and corporate accounts.
- Instant messaging clients pre-loaded: BlackBerry Messenger, AOL® Instant Messenger, Google™ Talk, ICQ®, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo!® Messenger.
- Built-in GPS and location-based services by TeleNav Navigator.
- Quad-band GSM world phone: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
- Tri-band 3G UMTS/HSDPA world phone: (Band I, Band IV, Band VIII).
- Built-in support for Wi-Fi Calling for extended coverage; Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g).
- Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.56 inches; 4.2 ounces; 2.4-inch screen, 480 x 360 pixels.
- Rechargeable/removable 1500 mAh battery, for up to 6 hours of talk time.
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