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Standard Chartered ditches BlackBerry for iPhone - Reuters

17 May 2010  |  12736 views  |  2 iphone apps on screen

Standard Chartered is switching from bankers' favourite BlackBerry to Apple's iPhone for its staff, according to Reuters.

Citing a Singapore-based spokeswoman, Reuters says a group-wide initiative to migrate corporate e-mail services from RIM's BlackBerry handsets to iPhones began about a month ago.

It is not known what proportion of Standard Chartered's 75,000 staff use company-issued phones or when the switch over will be completed.

Meanwhile, Reuters says that Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp has begun offering its staff a choice between BlackBerrys and iPhones.

BlackBerry has long been the dominant player in corporate handset provision but is now beginning to face competition from Apple and smartphones running Google's Android operating system.

However, Lu Chialin, IT industry analyst at Macquarie Securities told Reuters it will take a long time for BlackBerry's supremacy to be overhauled because firms need to carry out stringent testing before switching to ensure they can guarantee data security.

Apple's iPhone replaces Blackberry for some bankers - Reuters

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Anthony Cossey
Anthony Cossey - Fixnetix ltd - London | 17 May, 2010, 17:15

Looks like Apple are set to make a fortune from replacement batteries then. I have to say the iPhone is great device as a mobile computer but not so great as a mobile phone, so many contacts I have have swapped to iPhone and wished they had not. this fact alone prevents me from dipping into the Apple mobile world.

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A Finextra member | 24 May, 2010, 13:43

I dont think the iphone can offer the same level of ease in emails as RIM devices. It is a major move and the staff used to using qwerty keyboards will soon find themselves using a phone with just a touch screen.

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