“The analyst firm Gartner will tell IT executives to keep Apple’s iPhone away from their networks, in a research report to be released within a week,” Jon Brodkin reports for Network World.
“The iPhone, scheduled to ship in the United States on June 29, appears to be a great consumer device but has no redeeming qualities from the perspective of a business user, Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney says,” Brodkin reports.
“Businesses have little, if any interest in the iPhone and Apple isn’t marketing it to the business sector anyway, says Randy Giusto, who leads IDC’s analysis of mobile devices, computing and computer markets,” Brodkin reports. “‘The iPhone is not positioned at all for the IT world,’ he says. ‘It’s a very personal device. Most corporations are probably not going to support the iPhone on their networks.'”
Brodkin reports, “Apple may not be making a direct appeal to enterprises, but AT&T is betting that business users will want the iPhone, the IDG News Service reported in April. AT&T plans to market the iPhone to business users and is making sure its backend enterprise billing and support systems will accommodate the device, the report stated.”
“A 451 Group analyst agrees the iPhone has no place in a business, and thinks the new product won’t even live up to its hype as a consumer device. Tony Rizzo, director of mobile technology research at the analyst firm, doubts Apple’s assurance that the iPhone’s battery will provide up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video, and 24 hours of music playback,” Brodkin reports. “‘It doesn’t have any features that would make it successful as a business tool. The other question, is it even going to be successful as a consumer device?’ Rizzo says. ‘I’m not giving up my BlackBerry. I like the keyboard, I like the trackball and I like the service.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]
Smell that? You smell that? It’s pure fear. Nothing else in the world smells like that. We love the smell of fear in the morning. Smells like… victory.
The reason for such a campaign against iPhone? Money. Lots and lots of money and the fear of losing a good portion of it to Apple… The other phone makers, the other mobile device makers, and the other makers of so-called “smartphone” software understand the massive threat Apple’s iPhone poses. They have no recourse but to start up the FUD campaign, desperately hoping to slow Apple’s assault on the market. There is so much money at stake that things will get very nasty, very quickly. The chits will be called in and the articles will get written… The real Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt is being felt by all of the companies that Apple [has] humiliated… They are very scared and rightfully so. – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, January 10, 2007