names changed to protect the not so innocent
I’m not talking about the excesses of Vertu‘s range
I’m taking about this:
The ever so humble Blackberry 8800, but I can buy that for less than £320 I hear you cry, oh course you can…….. however
I’ve been discussing a problem one of my customers has this afternoon, one of his management team needs email and calendar on the move, now that bits easy but the problem my customer faces is much much bigger the problem is quite simple, Blackberry envy.
One of his senior managers , fresh back from a conference with other senior managers from other companies has had his ear bent all week about how great the Blackberry 8800 is and he NEEEEEDS one, in best 3 year old tradition he NEEEEEDS one and nothing else will do.
Now this customer has a pretty mature and well managed infrastructure, has Exchange 2003 SP2 and is actually running a handful of Windows Mobile 5.0 devices with Exchange activesync which work brilliantly the problem is this:
They aren’t Blackberries…..
OK the WM devices tried so far don’t work with the chief exec’s inbuilt German Bluetooth car kit, but some (like the s710 / E650) will and there are over 40 manufacturers and OEMs so the I like / will work will overlap at some point.
The manager in question has to have Blackberry
I’ve explained the plethora of options, the OEMs the devices, the flexibility and control that you get through exchange and Windows Mobile, I’ve even offered to drive over and show the interested parties my E650 but no, no way it’s going to be BlackBerry.
I’ve even drawn their attention to the flaws in the NOC model of delivery and the trials that Blackberry users in the states had with the extended outage they suffered recently to no avail it has to be the 8800 or nothing so the Bill ……
Blackberry 8800 Pearl = £319.11
Server Hardware etc : £1,200.00
Blackberry Enterprise Server Version 4.0 for exchange = £2,500.00
Additional Firewall Configuration: £750.00
So that brings that little shiny Blackberry 8800 in at a whopping £5,519.11
The look on the financial directors or shareholders face……. Priceless
Five and a half THOUSAND pounds for a mobile phone…… can anyone beat that?
oh …… the cost to deploy an HTC s710 with Windows Mobile and Exchange Activesync, push email and security ……. £246 less, much less on contract.
I think it’s a little more than the challenge of the work wise workstyle that threatens British Business today.