BlackBerry No Longer Smartphone Leader for Businesses, Enterprise Prefers iPhone
November 18, 2011 9:43 AM
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For 2011 so far, BlackBerry has 32.2 percent of the business market while iPhone has 45 percent
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
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.
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RE: Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
11/18/2011 12:41:56 PM
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
RE: Apples Says "iPhones Are Not For Businesses"
11/18/2011 6:51:28 PM
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.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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