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05-17-2010, 10:48 AM #1
Bank Gives BlackBerry The Boot for iPhones
It's one small step for Apple, one giant leap backwards for BlackBerry.
Standard Chartered, the mega-British bank with locations in better than 70 nations around the world, is bucking the BlackBerry as its "standard corporate communications device," according to a report Monday from Reuters. "It's a group-wide initiative involving wholesale and consumer banks globally," a company rep told the newswire, noting that Standard Chartered will continue picking up the tab on monthly billing for business-related telephone and data services.
Why is this significant? For starters, Standard Chartered has roughly 75,000 employees. That's a whole lot of potential iPhone sales - and not just for employees presently without a work-issued handset. Employees currently using a BlackBerry have also been cleared to drop the BlackBerry (if they choose to do so) and switch to the iPhone. As the coverage indicates, the transition from BlackBerry to iPhone in a major financial institution is far from commonplace. Many prominent firms, like HSBC Holdings and Morgan Stanley, won't touch an iPhone with a ten foot pole and remain staunch BlackBerry loyalists.
Standard Chartered, however, is breaking the BlackBerry's grip as the "standard corporate communications device" for a major multinational financial establishment. And it wouldn't be utterly astounding if others soon follow suit, especially with Apple poised and ready to seize a bigger chunk of the enterprise market later this year with the release of the 4th gen iPhone - the most business-friendly model of Apple's smartphone to date.
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05-17-2010, 11:13 AM #2
apple are taking over the world fast
I wish I had a miniature elephant that fit in the palm of my hand. I would pick him up and he'd lift up his trunk and stand on his back legs and say PRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHH and I would say yes little elephant i love you too.
05-17-2010, 12:34 PM #3
Apple will need to become more business orinitated if they want these consumers.
05-17-2010, 12:37 PM #4
It begs the question: do they get in trouble for jailbreaking it?
05-17-2010, 01:03 PM #5
^naw. why would they? well, unless its considered company property. that could be considered some kind of vandalism.killall Terminal
05-17-2010, 01:46 PM #6
yes, that would compromise the security of the device i would think....
05-17-2010, 01:53 PM #7huh?
Oh BTW, We use iPhone's at my job and I work for the county (I.T. Department) we trashed our Blackberry's a little over a year ago
Last edited by elite_jounin; 05-17-2010 at 02:00 PM.
05-17-2010, 02:02 PM #8
05-17-2010, 02:04 PM #9
guess RIM will be suing soon for them taking their customers lol
05-17-2010, 02:30 PM #10
05-17-2010, 03:30 PM #11
BlackBerry has one major advantage over iPhone. Anyone can write an app and distribute it to all BBs in the world.
You don't have to jailbreak a BB and you don't have to ask for a "blessing" from BB to distribute your app.
The correct statement is: "The iPhone can be whatever you want as long as you get a blessing from Apple"
In other words, "By Appointment of Steve" is not required for BB.
05-17-2010, 04:19 PM #12
We're evaluating software from Good that runs on a number of Smartphones, including the iPhone. The application offers secure email, calendar and contacts and the rest of the phone can be used however the user wants to. We're trying to get away from corporate owned Smartphones, including Blackberrys and move to supporting only the Good app. The Good app also runs on the iPad.
05-17-2010, 05:07 PM #13
1 down, a lot to goName? whereswaldo
iDevice + Firmware? 32GB Black iPhone 4 iOS 5.0
Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
Found yet? No
05-17-2010, 05:24 PM #14
I've also worked in multiple environments and never seen anyone develop for Blackberry's. Not saying they don't, but it doesn't seem like a common practice. I dont know. I agree that Apple is BIG on restrictions, are we sure this is one of them?
Last edited by elite_jounin; 05-17-2010 at 05:28 PM.
05-17-2010, 05:46 PM #15
All your phones are owned by iPhone.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
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05-17-2010, 09:51 PM #18
it's really just a matter of time before more major companies leave the limits of rim behind for the unlimited possibilities of the iphone. why didn't rim see this coming with the iphone 1st gen?
thanks and tap that thanks button while you're at it...Mactwisted
05-17-2010, 09:51 PM #19
Who is the genius that comes up with these headlines? The bank is giving employees the OPTION of using an iPhone instead of a BlackBerry. How does that equal giving BlackBerrys "the boot?"
Sensational headlines are fun and all, but it would be fantastic if they weren't blatantly misleading.
05-18-2010, 12:55 PM #20