Dell is dumping its BlackBerry contract with RIM and switching its workforce to phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.
The company is standardising on the Phone 7 mobile operating system for its 25,000 staff, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, and will offer an enterprise service to help major Dell customers do likewise.
"Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we're kicking them out," said Dell chief financial officer Brian Gladden.
The company is expecting to cut its mobile costs by around 25 per cent with the switch, primarily by eliminating RIM server costs.
"Dell has to show that it's eating its partner's dog food," Canalys co-founder Chris Jones told V3.co.uk. "We expect that the integration of Windows 7 and Phone 7 will appeal to enterprise customers."
Jones explained that the integration of Microsoft Office would make Windows Phone 7 a compelling operating system for enterprise IT managers.
RIM is facing tougher competition in the consumer space, especially from LG and Samsung, but companies will welcome an enterprise-focused mobile operating system that can be integrated easily, the analyst said.
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