O2 Germany dumps BlackBerry for Windows Phone

A few weeks ago, mobile network giant Telefónica revealed a strategic one-year partnership with Microsoft to help boost Windows Phone sales on its carriers in several key markets. Then, earlier this month, as Nokia was announcing its new flagship Windows Phone, the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, it emerged that Telefónica will have the global exclusive on the 64GB version of that handset, with all other operators being stuck with the 32GB model.

As if to further highlight the confidence that the company has in Windows Phone, it’s now beginning the process of deploying WP8 handsets to its staff. Documentation revealed to WMPowerUser shows that O2 Germany is ditching BlackBerry devices for its employees, replacing them with Windows Phones instead. Store managers and above will receive a Nokia Lumia 925; everyone else gets a Lumia 520.

There were two key factors behind the decision. The first was cost; Telefónica Germany’s Mario Buchner said that over the next year, the company will be “saving more than a quarter of a million euros ($332,000 USD / £216,000 GBP) due to the elimination of BlackBerry”.

The second factor was the compatibility and interoperability within the Microsoft ecosystem. O2’s Alexander Hoffman said: “The integration of Windows products in our system landscape is very simple. This is reflected in the smooth synchronization of Calendar entries and emails, but also the unrestricted access to all Office applications… The widely known problems in representing and editing Office documents with iOS and Android devices does not exist with Windows Phone.” 

According to WMPowerUser, Telefónica is expected to reveal similar plans for its carriers elsewhere in Europe and Latin America. The news will be another unwelcome blow to BlackBerry, which recently reported underwhelming sales of its next-generation handsets - the latest in a series of woes for the company, which has now lost its third-place spot in the smartphone ecosystem war to Microsoft.

Source: WMPowerUser

 

Editor's note: this article was amended after publishing to correct a currency error.

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This is a big win for Nokia and WP and a big loss for Blackberry. Their bread and butter has always been BBM and enterprise but with more and more enterprises dumping them and switching to something else, in this case WP, or just changing to a BYOD model, they're dropping quick.

"saving more than a quarter of million euros ($332m USD / £216m GBP) due to the elimination of BlackBerry"

Wow, is it just me, ore is that a lot of monny for ditshing a mobile OS? This statement can be a boost for Windows Phone.

people still use blackberry?

I know it's supposed to be secure, but in my last company the IT Manager sat reading through message logs all day finding out who was having affairs!!!

glen8 said,
people still use blackberry?

I know it's supposed to be secure, but in my last company the IT Manager sat reading through message logs all day finding out who was having affairs!!!


IT admins can change security settings on all systems to allow them to view others data, in exchange its possible also and kind of has to be for an admins job to be possible, but that's where oversight and rules come into play and the guy you are talking about needs to be fired!

I honestly don't get these global exclusive deals. As if anyone in their right mind would switch to a foreign provider just for the sake of having more storage...

OMG. Big oops. Let's blame that on not enough coffee this morning...! Thanks for pointing that out- I've now made that correction!

This is good news for WP, hopefully O2 UK will follow suit. Maybe O2 shop staff will now start to have a clue about WPs.

This is also curse because although the OS is far superior to IOS and Android (IMHO), there are lots areas where WP falls short and Microsoft is playing catchup. Features half finished, others, some seemingly very basic are missing entirely. Microsoft better step up a gear in pushing out updates and improvements.

The danger is that these people, who'll now be literally at the front line of both ownership of and potential sales to the public, could be much more fatal to the platform than Blackberry losing one corporate customer.

The widely known problems in representing and editing Office documents with iOS and Android devices does not exist with Windows Phone

At least (probably) not to the same extent...

Word Mobile doesn't support all the features that are found in Microsoft Word 2010. If a document has content that's not supported in Word Mobile, you can still open the document. The unsupported content won't be displayed though, and you might not be able to edit the document on your phone.

source: http://www.windowsphone.com/en.../wp8/office/use-word-mobile

Microsoft Word has a number of features that are used by a rather small minority of people. (I'm thinking things like ActiveX controls and what-not...) So I would expect it to support the more commonly used stuff, but I am curious to find out more details on what isn't supported...

JaykeBird said,
Microsoft Word has a number of features that are used by a rather small minority of people. (I'm thinking things like ActiveX controls and what-not...) So I would expect it to support the more commonly used stuff, but I am curious to find out more details on what isn't supported...

Here's one:- You cannot open password protected Office documents on WP8 but you can on iOS and Android. This has been another one of those gotchas that I've been waiting for Microsoft to fix since late 2010 and WP7. Still waiting.

Edited by CtrlShift, Jul 29 2013, 2:38pm :

Great they're using it and all but I'm pretty surprised they'd pick a device that lacks something as basic that government are likely to use (and need for data protection reasons) as a VPN feature.

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