India wants WM5 phones, not BlackBerrys

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Bharti Airtel LogoNot so good news for RIM coming out of India today. Times of India is reporting that Bharti Airtel has decided to push Windows Mobile 5.0 handsets for corporate customers after a two year exclusive alliance with RIM for BlackBerry devices. Airtel officials said that the change was due to less than successful results from the partnership. Officials also said that while Blackberry was viewed primarily as an e-mail device, they expect Microsoft-based mobiles to take enterprise mobility into a new realm with offerings like MS Office suite.

Ouch. Oh, well. Maybe RIM will have better luck in China.