Microsoft and Alinean have built the Windows Mobile Messaging TCO Tool, a website that takes some information about your business and tells you how much you would pay to implement Windows Mobile for mobile messaging versus how much the same setup would cost with a BlackBerry system. The tool takes into account the cost of devices and software, the amount of service desk time that would be required, and other costs.
You can see a sample company computed on the right pic. The Windows Mobile setup came out to $800 per employee per year, while the BlackBerry cost $1230. Annoyingly, the big differences came lumped under the “Other” category, with $85,863 being allocated to Mobile Messaging Device Support and Maintenance Contracts for the BB, and none for WinMo, as Microsoft considers those costs part of the Exchange contract.
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