Steve Jobs may soon bag a pair of the biggest U.S. banks as iPhone supporters. Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are considering whether to let employees use the Apple Inc. phone as an alternative to Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, said three people familiar with the plans. The banks are […]
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Two Big US Banks Looking at iPhone for Staff

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Steve Jobs may soon bag a pair of the biggest U.S. banks as iPhone supporters.

Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are considering whether to let employees use the Apple Inc. phone as an alternative to Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, said three people familiar with the plans. The banks are testing software for the iPhone that’s designed to make it secure enough for company messages, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because the plans aren’t public.

That’s a slice from a recent Bloomberg article that highlights growing momentum for the iPhone in the enterprise arena.

Here are a couple other bits from the article that caught my eye:

Some bleak sounding thoughts for RIM … 

The tests are the latest sign that RIM may be losing its tight grip on the corporate smartphone market. Companies are experimenting with alternatives, including the iPhone and devices that use Google Inc.’s Android software, as their workers adopt those smartphones for personal use.

Losing ground in the corporate market seems like a crushing blow for RIM, and it really seems now that Apple has much higher chances of competing well there than Blackberry does in the consumer space. And success with consumers is having a direct effect on the corporate space as well …

“People are delighted with their iPhones and Android phones and they want to use them for work,” said Roger Entner, head of telecom research at Nielsen Co. “The result is RIM now has real competition for corporate customers.”

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek via Apple Insider

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