Will millions of suit-and-tie types soon carry Apple iPhones?

“I think there’s a good chance the iPhone will fail to reach a significant penetration level in corporate hallways for a number of reasons,” Dave Mock writes for The Motley Fool.

“First, it should go without saying that the iPhone will have to be offered by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint Nextel — not just AT&T,” Mock writes.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s Mock’s best point. For now.

Mock continues, “But fellow Fool Tim Beyers made another good point: Information technology (IT) departments hate change. But wait, Tim says, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry has successfully broken through IT resistance, and now has companies issuing the devices to millions of suit-and-tie types. Some believe that Apple has the same — or even better — chance at becoming a mainstay tool for the white-collar workforce.”

“But there’s a big reason why RIM won its long battle to capture the enterprise market: At the time, there was no viable alternative for email on the go,” Mock wirtes. “Apple today would have to do more than just match RIM’s ability to efficiently manage core enterprise applications such as email, calendar, and contacts. Steve Jobs would also have to give corporations good financial reasons to either toss out all those RIM servers or support both devices — partnerships with Microsoft and Cisco alone won’t do it. iPhone junkies caught with their pants down and no ROI to show will be sent back to their offices where their BlackBerrys wait on their desks.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “opportun” for the heads up.]

Unlike any RIM DingleBerry, Apple’s iPhone offers full web browsing that actually works, Dave. With the one and only Multi-Touch™ UI. And about 50 other reasons. It’s RIM that can’t match Apple. Not even close. Where’ve you been for the last year and a half, Dave?

45 Comments

  1. millions of suit-and-tie types have cars with the Apple dock connector installed by the factory, and would love to plug the iPhone into it on the way to and from the office.

    You can’t do that with your BlackBerry Mr. IT man

  2. Lotus 1-2-3 was once so entrenched in the corporate world that the pundits thought it could never be replaced. With companies dependent on their many Lotus 1-2-3 macros, changing spreadsheets would be far too expensive. Then a spreadsheet with a better interface came along and Lotus 1-2-3 was history. The better interface was from Microsoft. How things have changed!!

  3. The Apps Store will provide the avalanche of productivity applications that RIM will not be able to match.

    Also, from a cost perspective, RIM is hugely more expensive than Apple’s alternatives to push email.

    Finally, a lot of those types want the iPhone, and sooner or later they will get the IT drones off their ass and cram them down their clueless throat.

  4. Don’t be too sure about this. The iPhone keyboard is not as easy to use as a Blackberry and a lot of people are used to using their Blackberries for eMail not surfing the Web. I don’t think a hell of a lot of business people give two hoots about surfing the Web with a portable device they just want their eMails and calendars so they can feel a lot more important than they actually are

  5. <b>”Apple’s iPhone offers full web browsing that actually works.”</i>

    I love Apple and some of their products, but…

    …if corporate guys with failing eyesight can’t see because of the tiny screen also can’t type because the touch keyboard is too small, there is no tactile feedback to prevent mistakes…

    …also not many sites are optimized for the iPhone’s limitations…

    The Blackberry will rule.

    Apple isn’t interested in the enterprise or they would have been there already.

    Apple is only interested in the consumer market because they fail in the corporate market.

  6. “The iPhone keyboard is not as easy to use as a Blackberry”

    In your opinion.

    And IMO, the Blackberry keyboard was a PITA to use especially with multiple characters per tiny key.

  7. Most of these ‘journalists’ are idiots. That’s why they’re not doing something productive.

    One key reason for the impending success of iPhone 2 – it’s an iPod. I can’t watch movies on a typical BlackBerry.

  8. @mad Mac –
    Are you typing while you sleep ? “Apple isn’t interested in the enterprise”. Did you miss the keynote ? Of course Apple is interested. Do you realise how much cash RIM, for example, made from the enterprise ? Or Dell ?

  9. On the contrary, the best reasons to switch to an iPhone ARE financial and productivity. Crackberry is nothing more than a expan$sive cell phone with email (and not very pretty at that) with tons of system administration headaches. Don’t ask the IT manager. Ask the IT sys admins and average BB users – who are often FORCED by their work to have BBs – which is easier to manage and more productive to use. Want to bid which platform will win that side-by-side Total ROI comparison? I suspect most these tech journalists never had to support these RIM jobs, and unfortunately most IT decisions – like the decision to use BBs – are made by top execs and not the majority of IT personnel and affected users. The popularity of CrackBerries and Windows PCs are the best proof that today’s business IT management has gone terribly wrong.

  10. @The Great Apple Fanboy Massacre
    Shouldn’t you be doing your homework instead of posting here ? Don’t forget your momma will be calling you soon for dinner.

    Re: the watching movies quote; while you’re still in bed, I’m on a train at 5:30AM on my way in to Wall Street; at that time, or when I’m stuck in an airport waiting for a flight, having an iPod to relieve the tedium is convenient.

    And if you think the BBerry is a decent enterprise-class phone, you’re a luddite. Stick to your email; I’m happy using Safari to read Bloomberg news…

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