Please! go! bankrupt! soon!
Apparently, new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer doesn't think BlackBerrys count as smartphones: she has launched a program to give a free smartphone to every employee, but handsets from Research in Motion (RIM) didn't make the cut. "Ideally, we'd like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the …
It doesn't help that the BlackBerry - alone of the handsets mentioned - is not smart enough to talk straight to a standard mail server: you have to pay and do extra to funnel everything through an extra step in the middle, either BIS or BES. Yahoo - like Google - have a huge distributed email server farm - is supporting BES easy, cheap or sensible for them, when switching to any other handset eliminates that dependency and the extra cost as well?
I wonder - supposing they said 'OK, we'll give you an S3/iPhone/whatever on AT&T/Verizon/Sprint and pay the basic cost, OR you can have a BlackBerry handset and pay the extra $5/month for BES yourself', how many do you think would take that option? I remember at my university, even when BlackBerries were the only handset the university would pay for there were staff who provided their own handsets at their own expense instead; once there was a choice, there was a mass exodus.
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