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For 2011 so far, BlackBerry has 32.2 percent of the business market while iPhone has 45 percent

BlackBerry phones have been known for their business use, but a new survey indicates that this is no longer the case. The new business smartphone of choice is the iPhone.

The survey was conducted by enterprise mobility provider iPass, which obtained a quarterly Mobile Workforce Report from 2,300 enterprise workers.

According to iPass' results, BlackBerry has slipped to second place in the business realm. Only 32.2 percent of the mobile worker market consists of BlackBerry phones while 45 percent of this market uses the iPhone.

Last year, BlackBerry had 34.5 percent of the mobile worker market while the iPhone only had 31 percent.

Creeping up behind the iPhone are Android-powered devices. In 2010, Android only had 11.3 percent of the business market, but this year, it climbed considerably to 21.3 percent.

Nokia sits at fourth place with only 7.4 percent of the enterprise market. Last year, it was at 12.4 percent.

Overall, 95 percent of mobile workers currently use smartphones, and of this 95 percent, 91 percent use their smartphone for work. These numbers have increased from 85 percent and 69 percent respectively in 2010.

BlackBerry's fall to second place may not seem too surprising to some. Just last month, Research In Motion (RIM), developer of BlackBerry devices, experienced a four-day outage that left many around the world without BlackBerry services. This affected many mobile workers who depend on these services to keep their businesses running. The outage started in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, then spread to North America, Canada and Latin America.

Source: Byte

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Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
By FDisk City on 11/18/2011 10:16:14 AM , Rating: 2
Unless something has changed, Apple has stated that iPhones aren't for businesses. While they still make that claim, I would never recommend it for enterprise use.

RE: Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
By ksherman on 11/18/2011 10:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
That article is from 2009. A lot has changed and Apple made significant strides to make the iPhone more appealing to business (remote lock/wipe, better Exchange support, etc).

I agree that the sample is pretty small, but people make decisions off of polling data with smaller samples.

RE: Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
By Dorkyman on 11/18/2011 12:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
(1) I suspect the numbers are fudged, based on what I personally see at large companies.

(2) Android is going to eat Apple's lunch over the next few years. Without another paradigm shift, I think Apple's smartphone market share will be 10-15% in a few years. And the guy who was Apple's "paradigm shifter" has passed away.

(3) the iPhone is a fine phone. But a large part of the support is coming from True Believers, and that support can be fragile.

By Taft12 on 11/18/2011 4:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
And the guy who was Apple's "paradigm shifter" has passed away.

Not so fast! The next generation of paradigm shifters (read: MBA's) will be dying to get Apple into profitable enterprise use. It'll cost Apple its soul, but it can be no other way.

RE: Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
By leexgx on 11/18/2011 12:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
i agree, the security on an Blackberry is far better then an iphone, for government use blackberry i would think be the only option due to the encryption on the blackberry and if you enter the password incorrect so many times it wipes the device (you can set this as low as 3 times default it 10)

but for small-med company's iphones and android bit are far more useful,

for me the only thing that's got going for BB is BBM (you can always just load MSN BB just set the phone to 2g so its reliable) maybe and UMA but now even some android phones have it now

By bodar on 11/18/2011 6:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
It's getting there though. My Galaxy S2 came with disk encryption available, as does the Moto Photon and other new Android phones. iOS has a configuration utility to let you centrally manage all your iPhones/iPads:

Symantec Mobile Management also focuses on iOS and Android to control allowed apps, email, etc. or remotely wipe the device:

The gap is definitely closing.

By sigmatau on 11/18/2011 12:51:29 PM , Rating: 1
I would also never recommend an icrap for business. These phones are the least durable pieces of technology available. I guess the companies will love paying for all the replacement phones, or the super high double the normal insurance costs for these things.

Another thing that is total unacceptable is their horrible web browser that doesn't support many web sites. You can't access even some of the simplest business portals with icrap.

Oh, and don't drop it form 2 feet! That will be $700 out of your pay check.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/19/2011 7:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
Someone on another board I go to explained why Android tablets haven't found traction in enterprise. I'm assuming that the same reasoning follows for smartphones:

...we have to follow industry regulations and institutional policies around encryption of data at rest and mobile device management. Android is basically useless in a business setting because there has been almost no consideration given to most of these issues.

The fragmented nature of the Android device market means there's no central solution for it, either.

Even if the software met the requirements for securing a device, we would still have to narrow it down to one or two devices, because we can't certify or support the entire gamut. Thus, we use iPads.

The iPad is not used in enterprise because it's established, it's used because of the 39 or so ActiveSync security policies that can be applied to an ActiveSync compliant device, only iOS devices support them. Android supports around 7, and is essentially entirely useless for anything other than a casual device. It simply isn't possible right now to have a "secure" Android device, or even pretend you have one.

In addition, narrowing it down to one or two tablets is a LOT harder than you think. We were prepared to support the Galaxy Tab for a separate entity we have to support, but the lawsuits from Apple made us change our minds. Bottom line is no company except Apple has a real investment in the success of a tablet and its ecosystem. Google doesn't even come close for the reasons you mentioned.

Now if Google were to get into the tablet business, I think it'd be a total failure. They can't deliver a product that can last, because whatever they make will be immediately aped by another company looking to explore the market without making a substantial investment in it.

I hope none of my comments come across as discouraging competition, because that's not how I feel. I love competition and innovation in the sector, but the fact is after every other competitor shows their stuff off, the long-term stability and short-term supportability and security of iPads vastly outstrips other devices.

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