“BlackBerry has lost another big enterprise customer,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“Home improvement retailer Home Depot is switching to iPhone, transitioning some 10,000 employees to Apple’s handset,” Paczkowski reports. “Sources familiar with the matter tell AllThingsD that, in the months ahead, the company — the fifth-largest retailer in the world — plans to outfit store, district and corporate management with iPhones.”

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“The initiative will not yet impact the approximately 60,000 rugged Motorola smartphones (34,000+ so-called ‘First Phones’ and 25,000+ ‘First Phone Jrs’) used by store employees,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider. “Those devices will remain in operation on retail store floors for mobile point-of-sale, analytical, walkie-talkie, and traditional telephony purposes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why does Home Depot harbor such hate for their store employees? iPhones do everything those Moto meeses do and more, plus they fit very in nicely in rugged cases, too.

Ah, well, hopefully they’ll be upgraded, too, soon enough. As soon as management sees what iPhone can do in terms of mobile point-of-sale, analytical, walkie-talkie, and traditional telephony purposes.

Of course, Home Depot will want to finally catch up to Lowes, too:
Lowes deploys 42,000 iPhones as mobile holiday shopping booms – November 21, 2011

Buh-bye DCW.

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