DailyTech recently covered the iPhone making
inroads with the business community. The phone draws many business
users with its flexible and attractive interface which supports many useful
business applications. Despite email limitations, the fun factor of the
phone converts many business users to iPhone aficionados. While Apple
still has a ways to go before being the next Blackberry in terms of business
customer volume, it does surprisingly well in this sector.
Eager to cash in on this trend, AT&T today released
a set of corporate data plans, designed to lure business users over to the
iPhone. The plans do not include voice, but are designed to supplement
users' voice plans with competitive rates on data.
Users who currently have a voice plan, who adopt any of the plans, will get a $25/month
credit. This promotion only applies to activations which occurred before
March 31, 2008. The credit will last through December 31, 2008, so if you
sign up for a plan in February, you can get credits for 11 months, for a grand
total of $275, a sweet offer that is sure to please many.
Three basic data plans exist. All included visual voicemail and unlimited
domestic data (web and email). The lowest level plan is $45/month and
includes 200 SMS messages. The next up is $55/month and includes 1500 messages
while the top plan is $65/month and includes unlimited messages.
Additional business aimed plans for data transfer are also available. For
$25/month, you can get 20 MB of data transfers a month, good in 29
countries. For $60/month you get 50 MB of data transfers.
Knowledgeable sources at electronics giant IBM have more potential good news
for business users; IBM is allegedly set to
debut an iPhone version of business e-mail client Lotus Notes at the Lotusphere conference in Orlando this week. The move
is in conjunction with IBM's introduction of Lotus Symphony, a business leaning
office suite, which will be released for OS X Leopard.
2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the iPhones success. It has
4 million units to date, or 20,000 phones a day, capturing by Apple's
estimations approximately 20% of the U.S. smart phone market.
quote: It's not a very stable platform.
quote: Honestly the biggest obstacle is probably fortune 1000 IT guys who love to lock down environments to support as few things as possible.
quote: This promotion only applies to activations which occur before March 31, 2007.
quote: where I sold