“AT&T’s Ron Spears, CEO of the telecom company’s Business Solutions unit, said Apple’s iPhone has plenty of traction in the enterprise and in some cases is replacing a laptop purchase,” Larry Dignan reports for ZDNet. “Here’s what Spears had to say when asked about the iPhone’s role in the enterprise: ‘Four out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to enterprise users.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Which is why that widely-misreported NPD survey was meaningless and the conclusions drawn by the clueless were wrong, as we told you – in our headline, even – on the day of its release: NPD survey: Excluding business sales, RIM has 36%, Android 28%, iPhone 21% in U.S. smartphone share – May 10, 2010
Dignan continues, “Spears added that the iPhone is basically a computing device to enterprises and some of them are forgoing laptop purchases if an employee can get buy with Apple’s flagship phone. ‘If they’ve got a field service force that needs one or two applications on a daily basis; do they need to go out and spend $1,000 or $1,200 for a laptop and then worry about sort of the lifecycle costs of keeping up with the laptop?’ asked Spears. A similar case is likely to be made for the iPad.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPhone is… uh, what was that, Steve?
[iPhone] doesn’t appeal to business because it doesn’t have a keyboard. – Steve Ballmer, January 2007