It seems like Apple’s iPhone is more popular amongst business customers than previously though, as AT&T has announced that around forty percent of their iPhone sales are to business customers.
AT&T’s business solutions CEO Ron Spears announced at a Barclays Capital Communications event, that business customer are taking to the iPhone, and he has estimated that around forty percent of all AT&T’s iPhone sales are to business users.
When the iPhone came out, what most people heard in the first year from ‘07 to ‘08 was ‘oh my God, it’s not BlackBerry secure.’ This is not going to work on the enterprise space. At the end of the day, it’s just software. That’s all it is. And by the time the 3G came out in ‘08 they had solved about 80% of the security issues. By the time the 3GS came out last summer, most CIOs will tell you today they have very few issues around the security that they need provided as they have come to know that RIM can do it because of the way RIM provides their solution. So enterprises today view the iPhone as a mobile computer. It happens to have a voice application on it. But what’s important is what you can do with it, and the way you can mobilize workforces, and specific parts of your workforce, not the entire workforce. […] If they’ve got a field service force that needs one or two applications on a daily basis; do they need to go out and spend $1,000 or $1,200 for a laptop and then worry about sort of the lifecycle costs of keeping up with the laptop?
I guess the iPhone is a lot more popular than people imagined with the business community, and this must be hurting companies like BlackBerry who have been very popular with business users for quite some time.
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