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11-06-2010, 12:02 PM #1
iPhone May Bump BlackBerry at Bank of America and Citigroup
When it comes to checking corporate email, employees at Bank of America and Citigroup have long used RIM BlackBerry devices. But that may soon change, according to Bloomberg. It seems the two super-banks are actively exploring the prospect of replacing the BlackBerry with iPhones for their team-members. The reason for the switch? The report alludes to both banks currently testing the security of new software that may be helpful in corporate messaging on the popular Apple smartphone.
"The tests are the latest sign that RIM may be losing its tight grip on the corporate smartphone market," the Bloomberg article notes, pointing to Bank of America and Citigroup as just two examples of large companies looking beyond the BlackBerry to meet contemporary business needs. It's a sentiment with which Roger Entner, head of telecom research at Nielsen Co., agrees. “People are delighted with their iPhones and Android phones and they want to use them for work,” Entner says.
While in years past many believed that the BlackBerry would retain its once-significant grasp on the business community because of its corporate-friendliness, it now appears that those in the business world are looking for the same qualities that the rest of us look for in a smartphone - ease of use, convenience, and how much fun we can have. If these three categories continue to grow in popularity within the corporate world, Bank of America and Citigroup may represent the beginning of a tidal wave of major corporations to abandon the BlackBerry for the iPhone.
11-06-2010, 12:08 PM #2
iPhone started as an "fun" phone. Now it's both fun and work!
I ment that in a good way =)
11-06-2010, 12:15 PM #3
RIM fell down down down into the burning ring of fire. It went down down down and the iPhone went higher...Name? whereswaldo
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11-06-2010, 12:19 PM #4
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11-06-2010, 12:51 PM #6
i had a blackberry curbe before my iphone 2g and i will never go back. The blackberry was a good phone, but my iphone does so much more and is better at it! Never again.
11-06-2010, 01:49 PM #7
I like android better to be honest.. I've had blackberry and I hated it, then I had the Samsung Captivate and in my personal opinion, its kicks iPhone's butt, but I have iPhone 4 after all because it retains its value so I can sell it and get the latest one without spending a penny, unlike any other smartphone
11-06-2010, 01:59 PM #8
Shouldn't the banks work instead of play with phones nd have fun? Lmao games on Blackberry's are not fun. Imagine the lines in the banks if they get iphones.
11-06-2010, 02:15 PM #9
Blackberry's going down anyway..people are finding out there's more to do with a phone then check email.
11-06-2010, 03:04 PM #10
nobody I know who has switched from BB is interested in going back. but Apple does need to do some things to make calendar management (specifically calendar invitations with outlook) better.
11-06-2010, 03:59 PM #11
I replaced my blackberry for an iPhone the day it came out. Why would I go back from being able change everything on my iPhone to a blackberry where I can barely change my background?"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
11-06-2010, 06:00 PM #12
I use blackberry for work, the integration with Microsoft outlook and contacts is seamless and fluid. My iPhone 4 is for personal, while my iPad is both. Pin messaging remains the safest way to communicate and blackberry messenger is something native ios SMS ain't got **** on the group messaging!
11-06-2010, 06:59 PM #13
Blackberry was good in it's day, but it has fallen by the way side!
Also these banks gonna used that bailout money to buy iPhone 4's???
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11-06-2010, 07:04 PM #14
11-06-2010, 07:07 PM #15
Another step towards world domination.
11-06-2010, 10:37 PM #16
I doubt this will happen unless verizon picks up the iPhone. AT&T is horrible with high rise buiding in the city.
11-07-2010, 01:18 AM #17
Were taking over
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11-07-2010, 02:23 AM #18
11-07-2010, 06:43 PM #19
I think it will take a while. You have to understand the requirements for a phone in this environment.
1. The phone needs to be locked down to prevent users installing apps.
2. Firmware and apps must be centrally distributed and maintained.
3. Emails and Cal must sync with central servers. Think in terms of Notes or exchange.
4. All emails sent or received must be recorded and archived.
5. Any modification like jb must either be impossible or result in device immediate disconnect from corporate network or remote wipe and update.
A corporate phone in a financial environment is not a toy. It is also an exposure for the bank. It took Blackberry a long time to prove their capability in these areas and apple will take a while as well.
11-08-2010, 07:42 AM #20
My friend has an android it looks really hi-tech with the widget and backgrounds and stuff...but seriously thats all about a droid can do (look good) while the iphone, oh the iphone has many apps for sooo many fricken things I bet In a few years were gonna be able to even flush the toilet with our iphones, all im saying in my opinion is that the droid has some function and is usefull for a lot of things and looks way kooler than the iphone but the iphone has sooo much usefullness that the word usefull doesnt quite say it. its all about function, os, easy-ness, and dont forget compatibility!!! plus apps apps is the only reason the iphone is alive.