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Another 6,000 Ford employees will receive iPhones over the next two years

It looks as though BlackBerry has lost another huge corporate customers to a well-known competitor: Apple. According to a Ford representative speaking with Bloomberg, 3,300 employees will have their BlackBerries replaced with iPhones by the end of 2014.
“It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs in a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device,” said Ford spokesman Sara Tatchio.

A BlackBerry representative countered this latest setback, stating, "Enterprises should think twice about relying on any solution built on the foundation of a consumer technology that lacks the proven security benefits that BlackBerry has always delivered.”
Within the next two years, another 6,000 employees will make the switch to Apple’s iPhone. However, in this case, the iPhones will be replacing old flip-phones still in use rather than BlackBerries.

BlackBerry has struggled to maintain relevancy in today’s fast-paced smartphone market. The company has been relegated to a rounding error in smartphone market share and could be sitting at zero market share by the year 2018.
The company is trying to reverse its fortunes with the upcoming 4.5” Passport smartphone, which it says was “designed from the ground up for the working professional in mind.”
Blackberry also recently launched its Fact Check Portal that aims to fight back against the “sensationalized reports surrounding our viability and misperceptions about our product portfolio.”
Apple, on the other hand, is actually making things happen in enterprise smartphone/tablet mobility rather than talk us to death. Earlier this month, Apple secured a deal with IBM to help it better compete in the enterprise market with its iPhone and iPad devices. At the time, Apple CEO Cook said that such a move was something that his company couldn’t do alone.

Source: Bloomberg

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Quitting Ford
By techxx on 7/29/2014 2:38:48 PM , Rating: 1
I just put in my 2 week notice because I will not use crApple products.

RE: Quitting Ford
By Brandon Hill on 7/29/2014 2:39:47 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be a quitter ;) Even Reclaimer is putting up with using an Apple iPhone device at work :-)

RE: Quitting Ford
By Alexstarfire on 7/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: Quitting Ford
By chmilz on 7/29/2014 3:10:11 PM , Rating: 2
I use a company-provided iPhone 5 for work, as we have custom apps for it. Compared to my Nexus 4 and my previous WP8, I can't stand it. iOS feels truly ancient.

RE: Quitting Ford
By glowingghoul on 7/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: Quitting Ford
By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: Quitting Ford
By nikon133 on 7/29/2014 4:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
I always thought that you are unemployed. Unemployable, too ;)

RE: Quitting Ford
By Brandon Hill on 7/29/2014 5:10:04 PM , Rating: 3
Reclaimer... collecting unemployment? The universe would implode :)

RE: Quitting Ford
By Banana Bandit on 7/29/2014 6:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
Never mind the universe - my head might explode just thinking about that! @.@

RE: Quitting Ford
By hpglow on 7/30/2014 2:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
Who needs unemployment when you can live in moms basement for free. I bet Reclaimers mom even delivers hot pockets and bed pans for all those all night WOW sessions.

RE: Quitting Ford
By Azethoth on 7/30/2014 5:21:31 AM , Rating: 2
Huh, never thought of asking for bedpans. Good tip.

RE: Quitting Ford
By nafhan on 7/29/2014 3:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
So, serious question, is this more of a personal philosophy thing (i.e. BB 4 EVA!), is it because it will actually impact your ability to get your job done, OR (and this seems more likely to me) are you BS'ing us and corporate electronics policy has very little to do with where you choose to work?

RE: Quitting Ford
By Banana Bandit on 7/29/2014 3:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
He's trollin bro :D

RE: Quitting Ford
By nafhan on 7/29/2014 4:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
I choose BB 4 EVA :)

RE: Quitting Ford
By Sazabi19 on 7/30/2014 8:54:46 AM , Rating: 4
He didn't really "quit", he is being down let go in the downsize to pay for iPhones.

RE: Quitting Ford
By melgross on 7/29/2014 3:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
Dumb, and doubtfully true.

RE: Quitting Ford
By Banana Bandit on 7/29/2014 3:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
I just put in my 2 week notice because I will not use crApple products.

Yeah and we ALL know that is the only reason you *erhm*quit ;) (I bet you really got your butt fired).


RE: Quitting Ford
By artemicion on 7/29/2014 4:14:04 PM , Rating: 1
I just submitted a resume for your job because I love Apple products.

Support troll on troll violence by upvoting this post.

RE: Quitting Ford
By luv2liv on 7/29/2014 4:36:35 PM , Rating: 2
my company is rich. when they gave us iphone, i told them to give us something better. they gave us something better in the end. :)

RE: Quitting Ford
By tonyswash on 7/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: Quitting Ford
By amanojaku on 7/29/2014 7:05:29 PM , Rating: 3

To everyone who replied to this thread EXCEPT Banana Bandit and nafhan:


IPhone and secure?
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 3:12:26 PM , Rating: 3
I guess ford doesn't actually care about security.

Blackberry also just purchased Secusmart.

But you won't see any of this posted on Daily tech.

RE: IPhone and secure?
By glowingghoul on 7/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: IPhone and secure?
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 3:32:58 PM , Rating: 3
Really can you show me the reports of these breaches?

RE: IPhone and secure?
By Banana Bandit on 7/29/2014 3:55:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think ford is more concerned with Blackberry's health as a corporate communications provider. Blackberry really hasn't been doing so well the last few years with one flop following the nest, while Apple has been making money hand over fist.

It doesn't matter to ford's executives if moving to Apple puts blackberry on an even slipperier financial slope. All ford cares about is that it has a business communications provider that won't go under and leave them sitting in the dirt.

RE: IPhone and secure?
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 4:15:30 PM , Rating: 3
Good point but I don't see the german government investing in a platform they think was going to die.

And I don't think ford is concerned about blackberry's health at all. This was done because all consumers have cared about since 2007 is there i gadgets because most people are technology illiterate. And now this is starting to creep into the corporate environment I've seen it many places. The pressure comes from staff because everyone is using an Iphone outside of work.

However when it comes to security and a corporate environment the needs and wants are different and Iphones are not as secure as a BB10 phone in a Bes server that fact still hasn't changed.

And i'm still waiting for that guy to show me his proof of all these blackberry reaches...........

RE: IPhone and secure?
By glowingghoul on 7/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: IPhone and secure?
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 4:41:29 PM , Rating: 1
You can insult me all you want you

Your insults hold no weight with me I don't even know you.

I called you on it because you have no proof and your just another shit talking troll on the internet.

I knew you were full of shit when you wrote that there is no need to dig.

I support both Blackberry and Iphones in my environment I actually have real experience with both in a corporate environment.

RE: IPhone and secure?
By Kazinji on 7/30/2014 5:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
What about the post about iMessage being a p2p encryption over net that the FBI was having trouble getting through.

Not sure how how messaging works for blackberry's.

Connect the dots
By tonyswash on 7/29/2014 4:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
Ford is a big clients of IBM

Apple and IBM have just announced a major new partnership around mobile enterprise solutions

Ford announces a switch to iPhones.

The first domino falls?

RE: Connect the dots
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 4:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Very good point tony I also see this being a big factor.

RE: Connect the dots
By Banana Bandit on 7/29/2014 6:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't read too much into that Tony.

IBM has their fingers in a lot of pies - including Blackberry pies.

Better than nothing
By Gunbuster on 7/29/2014 4:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
At lease the clunky/boring ios7 is leaps and bounds better than Blackberry...

RE: Better than nothing
By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 4:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
Leaps and bound better at what?

Can you list for me what you can do better on an iphone that I cannot do on a blackberry that is actually beneficial to me in a corporate environment?

RE: Better than nothing
By marvdmartian on 7/30/2014 9:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously, better at impressing the ignorant executive at Ford that made this decision, of course!

By DanNeely on 7/29/2014 4:26:30 PM , Rating: 1
... that because most of its remaining corporate serfs:

* Need a real phone for personal use.
* Don't want to carry two phones.
* Would be embarrassed to be seen using a BB in public.

...they leave their work phone plugged into the charger in the office and never take it anywhere; meaning that there's no chance of it being lost or stolen.

By Makaveli on 7/29/2014 4:38:14 PM , Rating: 5
1. Last time I checked a blackberry is a real phones.
2. You don't need to carry two phones with Blackberry Balance the work side and the personal side of the phones are seperate.
3. Only a teenager or an insecure person walks about caring what other people say about that phone?

Most Adults in a corporate setting just care about getting work done this isn't highschool No bodies cares what phone you are carrying at this level. That nonsense is for little kids and the weak minded.

The resale value of an iphone is far higher than a blackberry if anyone is gonna steal your phone it will be an iphone so I think you have more concerns of theft with an apple device. You have morons out there that will stab you for an iphone!

iPhone in the Enterprise
By dlmartin53 on 7/29/2014 6:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
I can think of allot of things the iPhone is good for, but I work Help Desk and Apple does not play nice with Microsoft. If Ford uses MS Exchange for there email I am glad I don't support their users.

RE: iPhone in the Enterprise
By Gungel on 7/30/2014 8:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, we are evaluating a new phone for our corp. The iPhone is not on top of our device list because of that reason.

Always fun...
By alpha754293 on 7/31/2014 9:16:10 AM , Rating: 2
Always fun to read the external comments from all the outside people. :o)

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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