Despite BlackBerry having just announced and launched the new BB10 OS and the Z10, large companies and government agencies are seemingly in one mind about which manufacturer’s devices are the best bet in the long run: Apple. The iPhone has seen a tremendous uptake in enterprise over the past couple of years. BlackBerry’s slip down the pecking order has seemingly not instilled a lot of confidence, and Android isn’t anywhere near secure enough. With the iPhone’s always improving set of privacy and security features, and whole host of quality business apps, it’s the only real alternative to the once king of the business world.
The latest to join in on the mass exodus is Home Depot. The home improvement reseller has planned to replace thousands of its employees BlackBerry smartphones with the iPhone 4S. A Home Depot spokesperson spoke exclusively to AppleInsider:
“We are replacing our current base of BlackBerry technology with iPhones,” the representative said, clarifying that the move applies only to store managers, district managers, other corporate-level staffers, and field ops.
In total, around 10,000 BlackBerry handsets will be replaced with iPhones. There’s no plans as of yet to replace the in store phones, made up of around 60k Motorola smartphones. This move is specifically for those in middle to top level management.
It must be worrying for BlackBerry, however, that the one sector of the market that was almost effortlessly theirs is now looking more uncertain than ever before as Apple swoops in and secures it for itself.