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  • AT&T Says 40% of iPhones Sold to Businesses


    AT&T revealed today that 40% of its iPhone sales since the beginning of the year have been to business customers, suggesting that the iPhone is beginning to challenge the dominance of the BlackBerry in the enterprise market. Though AT&T Business Solutions CEO Ron Spears wouldn't say how many iPhones the company has sold, analysts estimate that the number is about 15 million. Research in Motion claims a worldwide BlackBerry user base of 41 million.

    According to a report on ZDNet's "Between the Lines" blog, Spears made his comments at the Barclays Capital Communications, Media and Technology conference today. The exec attributed the initial reluctance on the part of businesses had to do with security, which was not seen as particularly strong on the iPhone. "What most people heard in the first year from ‘07 to ‘08 was oh my God, it’s not BlackBerry secure," he said. "This is not going to work on the enterprise space." By the time the 3G was released in 2008, however, most of the security issues were solved. The 3GS, Spears said, was seen by corporate information systems planners as a mobile computer, and is replacing laptops for some business users. "If they’ve got a field service force that needs one or two applications on a daily basis," Spears asked rhetorically, "do they need to go out and spend $1,000 or $1,200 for a laptop and then worry about sort of the lifecycle costs of keeping up with the laptop?"

    The iPhone has a long way to go to catch up, however. A recent NPD study showed BlackBerry is on top of the US smartphone market, accounting for 36% of sales in the first quarter of this year. The iPhone got a 21% share, behind Android-powered devices which made up 28% of sales in the same period.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Says 40% of iPhones Sold to Businesses started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. cobrita's Avatar
      cobrita -
      I called shenanigans on 40%, I don't think these numbers are as accurate as they are making it seem. My question is are these numbers based on actual phones sold to businesses, or phones sold to people with business accounts. For example, I get a discount for the company I work for, but AT&T classifies my account as a business account when it is my personal phone. In addition to that, of all the people here that get the discount and have iPhones, not a single one of them use it for business purposes, and it is a major company I work for with thousands of employees.
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Steve Jobs will not stand for this...There will be a 5G iPhone set to hit stores in December now lol
    1. George Lopez's Avatar
      George Lopez -
      This is bubu
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cobrita View Post
      I called shenanigans on 40%, I don't think these numbers are as accurate as they are making it seem. My question is are these numbers based on actual phones sold to businesses, or phones sold to people with business accounts. For example, I get a discount for the company I work for, but AT&T classifies my account as a business account when it is my personal phone. In addition to that, of all the people here that get the discount and have iPhones, not a single one of them use it for business purposes, and it is a major company I work for with thousands of employees.
      This is true. Because of my discount from work my account is listed under business accounts.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      that would be shocking if 40% were actually sold to businesses
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      This is true. Because of my discount from work my account is listed under business accounts.
      mine as well.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      This proves my point from a few articles ago..
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      this has got to be fake
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Suprised they possibly rounded up some figures or I dont understand on what basis they put these numbers up
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      I know for a fact that the hospital I work for bought all of it's doctors and "higher echelon" people iphone 3gs' last year, so I'd be inclined to believe it's true if more hospitals did the same.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i believe it, buisnesses buy a shitload of phones