UK bankers opt for Apple’s iPhone instead of RIM’s BlackBerry for business use

Judging from overall sales figures, it’s clear that many people think the iPhone is quite useful as a main mobile device that can juggle business and leisure at the same time. This is true not only in the U.S., but also in the rest of the world where the latest model of Apple’s iPhone is readily available.

In fact, in the U.K., British bank Standard Chartered has started offering its employees the option to switch from the standard-issue RIM BlackBerry smartphone that they’ve been using for all these years to give Apple’s touch-only iPhone a chance as a business phone. They’ll do a hefty amount of e-mail and other work-related stuff pretty much all their work days on the device they choose. Unsurprisingly, some people actually started switching to the iPhone.

A Singapore-based spokeswoman for Standard Chartered told Reuters, “It’s a group-wide initiative involving wholesale and consumer banks globally,” so you can expect other companies to follow suit.

As far as the switching of the BlackBerry users to the iPhone is concerned, I see no surprises here. Apple’s device is currently one of the biggest things to happen to the smartphone market so it’s only logical to see companies trying it out to see what it’s really capable of.

But if you’re talking about it completely taking over the business smartphone segment, well, I don’t think that has any chance of happening any time soon, if it will happen at all. Things just aren’t as easy as changing phones and copying phonebook contacts over to the new one when it comes to this market segment. Keep in mind, there are still a lot of companies out there using old operating systems like Windows XP and older versions of business software just because “the switch” is that hard to make. But if it works for Apple, good for them. It won’t be good news for RIM, though.

Via Reuters (Photo)

Author: David Gonzales

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  • James W

    proof that my country is a nation full of losers that believe anything magazines and papers tell them, why do you think people are starting to regret having a Tory government and David Cameron as Prime Minister?

  • Staska

    Yeah, and then you make that stupid comment about U.K nation of loosers….
    I mean, c’mon, how stupid was that to write down your people just because
    your political views didn’t win the vote….


  • zabihjan

    those people who prefer iphone to blackberry have out of date minds. what is iphone, only good thing is its touch screen. rest of it iis no match to any other smarthphone around naming nokia n900, n97, SE x10, htc hero, moto milestone, HD2 and so on.

  • Staska

    Yeah. well,

    The only reason NOT to have iPhone vs BB, if your corporate security allows
    it, and you don't need to type on it too much… Sorry, can't think of one.

    And, I'm talkin as the owner of this site, who got to play for a while with
    n97, htc hero, moto milestone, HD2 and so on. And is still playin with N900
    and X10 from time to time, checkin for FM updates…

  • Staska

    Darn James,

    You continue to confound me.

    After our spat on blue color/gay thing, didn't know what to think.

    After your inflamatory reaction to India banned something from China post, I
    wanted to ban that again. Then Indians reacted,,, Wanted to erase
    everything, glad it stopped in time…

    And you are still among the most interesting commenter's here, and only one
    from a very few I want to reply to…