All major tech companies like their employees using their own products instead of their competitors’. Google, Microsoft and Samsung have been known to distribute free phones to their employees as perks.
Dell is now offering to replace its employees’ Blackberrys with brand new Dell Venue Pro phones, powered by Windows Phone 7. The Dell Venue Pro directly competes with the Blackberry Torch, so this move is not entirely out of the blue. Approximately 25000 Dell employees will soon be making the switch.
Dell also plans to provide devices like the Dell Streak, powered by Android to its employees. According to Brian Gladden, Dell’s CFO, the move will save them about 25% in mobile communication costs, by eliminating the need to maintain Blackberry servers.