Dell to Ditch BlackBerry, Give Employees a Dell Smartphone

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Dell (DELL) will ditch the BlackBerry and give employees a Dell smartphone.

The change will affect about 25,000 Dell employees who currently use a company issued BlackBerry, Reuters reported. Dell employs about 100,000 people in total.

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Dell also plans to encourage its business clients to make the switch to Dell's own smartphone, the Dell Venue Pro. The Venue Pro runs on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 software.

Research In Motion (RIMM), the maker of the BlackBerry, was a pioneer in the smartphone market but has seen its market dominance eroded by devices such as the Apple (AAPL) iPhone.
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