4 Out of 10 of iPhones Sold To Enterprises

Friday May 28th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

AT&T exec says companies view the iPhone as a laptop replacement.

ZDNet: Until now, many people have considered the iPhone a consumer toy--not a serious tool for enterprise users. But AT&T's Ron Spears (CEO of its Business Solutions unit) says that enterprise users buy 4 out of every 10 iPhones sold. "Enterprises today view the iPhone as a mobile computer," he said. "It happens to have a voice application on it. But what’s important is what you can do with it, and the way you can mobilize workforces, and specific parts of your workforce, not the entire workforce."

Spears noted that Apple has addressed most of the security concerns that prevented CIOs from embracing the first iPhone. By contrast, he said now enterprises are encouraging employees to use an iPhone instead of a laptop, especially if they only need to access one or two applications.

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