“Apple Inc.’s iPhone 3G is ready to serve business customers as an alternative to the BlackBerry e-mail phone, so long as users are willing to compromise on security and battery life, Gartner Inc. said,” Connie Guglielmo reports for Bloomberg.
“Software released last month adds support for Microsoft Corp.’s Exchange corporate e-mail system and offers the ability to erase data if the device is lost, making Apple’s handset ‘acceptable’ for business use, analyst Ken Dulaney said in a report released today by Gartner, a research firm,” Guglielmo reports.
“With the new iPhone 2.0 software, released when Apple began selling a faster version of the phone on July 11, business users have access to a device with the ‘most readable e-mail” and an excellent Web browser, Dulaney said in Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner’s report,” Guglielmo reports.
“Still, there are inconveniences. The device offers less than a full day of battery use and an insufficient amount of security to run a company’s custom programs, Dulaney said,” Guglielmo reports.
Full article here.
Battery: Equip your employees with external battery packs, many of which also double as protective cases. For example: mophie ‘Juice Pack for iPhone 3G’ can more than double iPhone 3G’s usage time – August 05, 2008. There are many other and even more on the way; bulk pricing will surely be available.
Also of interest: PC World Test: Apple iPhone 3G battery life beats out Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Palm 3G handsets – July 14, 2008.
As for “security,” we have but one question, does Gartner recommend that businesses not buy Windows PCs dues to security concerns, too? For one example, out of at least a million examples: Russian gang hijacks as many as 100,000 Windows PCs computers across the Internet using Microsoft administrative tools; gang members grab info, bank balances, etc. without having to log in to stolen accounts.
In other words, Gartner, Schmartner. You know you want iPhones for your business, so go get your iPhones before your competitors beat you to them.