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May 17, 2010, 03:23 PM
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Reuters reports (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCATOE64G04020100517) that British bank Standard Chartered is offering more communication options to its global team of bankers, moving away from BlackBerry as the sole smartphone approved for use by the company to allow bankers to adopt the iPhone as their platform for mobile business tasks.Standard Chartered bankers in Asia told Reuters that the London-based lender was giving its corporate Blackberry users the option of switching to the iPhone, with the company agreeing to continue to pay monthly billing for business-related telephone and data services.

"It's a group-wide initiative involving wholesale and consumer banks globally," said a Singapore-based spokeswoman for Standard Chartered, told Reuters.With 75,000 employees worldwide, Standard Chartered's acceptance of the iPhone may mark the beginning of a shift away from exclusive use of Research in Motion's BlackBerry smartphones in the banking industry.

The report notes that security and other technical issues make it somewhat difficult for companies to pursue the necessary testing and implementation to make such a switch, but that Standard Chartered is a significant entity to come down on the side of allowing iPhones onto its business networks.

Article Link: British Bank Offers Employees Option of Switching From BlackBerry to iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2010/05/17/british-bank-offers-employees-option-of-switching-from-blackberry-to-iphone/)



paul4339
May 17, 2010, 04:44 PM
not sure why they would do this (that's what is the business reason)... seems like BB is well suited for the business market (security, configurable, etc)

P.

billyzenme
May 17, 2010, 05:47 PM
not sure why they would do this (that's what is the business reason)... seems like BB is well suited for the business market (security, configurable, etc)

P.

iPhones can be easily configured by IT admin too.

obsoletepower
May 17, 2010, 05:55 PM
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

rish
May 17, 2010, 06:02 PM
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

Are we sure these iPhone users aren't calling from abroad or even where the cell tower needs maintenance. The only time I've had a complaint was when I called China. Had my mate call me back and he sounded a bit like Darth.

reden
May 17, 2010, 06:09 PM
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

You seem to be quite distressed. Perhaps you should take a deep breath, and count backwards from 10 to 1.

LondonCentral
May 17, 2010, 08:22 PM
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article7129144.ece

I'm sure Standard Chartered tested out the iPhone before making this decision. They're not idiots. Hopefully now we'll see a surge in professional industry apps for internal personnel. Sure such things take time, but it'll happen and it'll be sweet.

SteveLV702
May 17, 2010, 09:02 PM
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

probably wasn't using a real iPhone and just using one of those cheap china knock offs.

iphones4evry1
May 17, 2010, 11:40 PM
The company I work for already issues iPhones to it's employees. About 12 months ago, they switched all phones from Blackberries to iPhones. I'm not going to say who I work for, but the total company has 9,000 employees. Now obviously, less than half of those employees have a company-issued cell phone, but for all of the people that do, they are issued iPhones.

whoartie
May 18, 2010, 02:52 AM
I can safely say that in many parts of asia, iphones don't drop connections like they do in New York.

Not sure about the security issues that have been mentioned but I've a relative in Standard Chartered. The bank has created a new app for consumer banking on Iphones and from a marketing point of view, it makes more sense to go the way of the iphone in terms of consumer banking (more bling, more hype etc.. pls don't flame me here..)

On another front, they are very much pro- Apple. They have substantial staff discounts on Macs and seem to be giving away Iphones FOC to certain staff (maybe to clear stock in anticipation of iphone 4G?).

///M5
May 18, 2010, 04:24 AM
OMG! A bank gives its employees iPhones. This news should be sticky on the front page until some bigger news shows up, maybe WWDC?

I wish I worked there. NOT!

/thread

northernbaldy
May 18, 2010, 04:30 AM
the call quality is crap though, alway has been with the iPhone

Kilamite
May 18, 2010, 06:00 AM
Never heard of this bank..

jordanh91
May 18, 2010, 06:09 AM
Wow, so much flaming and trolling...

I think this news is pretty neat, because it shows that people and corporations can be willing to accept alternatives... Unlike certain QQ'ing posters. :rolleyes:

yourstation
May 18, 2010, 07:46 AM
the call quality is crap though, alway has been with the iPhone

And the call quality of the blackberry is so great? Give me a break...

illitrate23
May 18, 2010, 08:18 AM
not sure why they would do this (that's what is the business reason)... seems like BB is well suited for the business market (security, configurable, etc)P.

if it's the same over there as it is at our bank, then there is no "business reason"
it comes down to the fact that most of the senior business people (i.e. traders who earn the big bucks and will buy any new shiny fad object that is the current trend) all have got themselves iPhones. and so have half the IT management.
so there was no business reason, it was purely a management statement "I want to get my email on my iPhone, not carry around an additional blackberry as well"

the security isn't so much of an issue if you force all your users to get their email via the Good for Enterprise application. cheaper than getting a full blown apple server to manage/configure your iPhone network and you can remotely kill the email accounts if the phone gets lost and becomes a risk.

Christian247
May 18, 2010, 08:40 AM
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

I got two things from this posting; one your in the wrong forum if that is your opinion, and two; you need to touch-"base" with a f^@*ing dictionary and look up the difference between base/bass...

NikeTalk
May 18, 2010, 09:37 AM
The iPhone is great as a personal phone but def not ready on the business level yet.

grapefruitx
May 18, 2010, 01:18 PM
I have A BB for work, and a 3GS for personal, not the latest BB though, It has better Battery life (no 3g or wireless), but it is an inferior phone contrary to what others have said here.
For textual email the BB is better, the keyboard is easier to use. They way i use my business mobile now its a dead heat.

The thing is, for web or app based services delivered through 3G and wireless the (my) BB isn't on the same page as the iphone. it is much better thought out (the iphone), the whole operating paradigm is better.

So this is significant, the BB and iphone say different things (BB, serious in demand operator) no one would have a BB just for text and phoning your Mum a bog std Nokia is way better. What does an iphone say, fashion victim?, Fanboi! (as some would have it), So that a UK bank has swapped the former for the later is thoroughly reportable, not all employee's would be happy do to image issues and the lack of a keyboard.

SeanMcg
May 18, 2010, 01:44 PM
...What does an iphone say, fashion victim?, Fanboi! (as some would have it....

If the popularity were simply due to "fashion" or "fanbois" (what an idiotic word), the iPhone would not have made the impact that it has. Other phone makers have been forced to address the shortcomings of their smartphones because of the iPhone. They would not have cared, otherwise. They had to compete, in part to address the some of the shortcomings of the iPhone.

Blackberry was the only game in town for the longest time, and yes, they have done a good job in the Enterprise market. They just didn't push the envelope of their devices past their initial core...secure enterprise messaging.

Eraserhead
May 18, 2010, 02:51 PM
Never heard of this bank..

Calling them British is technically correct but I don't believe they have many/any branches over here. They are very big in Asia however.

According to this weeks Economist they are worth US$54 billion and are the worlds 25th biggest bank.

davork
May 18, 2010, 03:22 PM
Calling them British is technically correct but I don't believe they have many/any branches over here. They are very big in Asia however.

According to this weeks Economist they are worth US$54 billion and are the worlds 25th biggest bank.

- They operate in 70 countries (including the US) through 1700 branches but are not really a retail bank outside Asia.
- Oh they bought American Express Bank from American Express
- Probably their biggest competitor (in asia) is another UK bank called HSBC
- They sponsor a series of marathons around the world as well as some small soccer club called Liverpool...

kiljoy616
May 20, 2010, 09:24 AM
You seem to be quite distressed. Perhaps you should take a deep breath, and count backwards from 10 to 1.

haha was that a BB Rep.

ct2k7
May 20, 2010, 03:16 PM
I've never heard of that bank.

calb
May 20, 2010, 04:12 PM
I've never heard of that bank.
Neither had I, but unlike you I read the whole thread.

eastercat
May 21, 2010, 02:33 AM
Troll, much?
It's obvious that a number of people at Standard were using iPhones already and were wanting to use them with business. Standard probably did the usual testing and found that the iPhone met the necessary security needs.
I'm not sure where you get the bass-y sound from, but perhaps you or the other caller was not getting great reception.
As to who would want an iPhone? I, for one, think my phone is great. It's the perfect combination of iPod, browser, schedule organizer and it has so many great developers making legal and illegal apps for it. Best of all, it's easy to use and the virtual keyboard keeps it from being bulky.
I looked at the blackberry before the iPhone came out. I would have had to buy a separate iPod. When I was still deciding about the blackberry, the iPhone came out. When it came to what I needed, the iPhone toppled the blackerry handily.
It's obvious your needs aren't the same as mine. However, don't assume that everyone else's needs match yours.
Who the **** would want an iPhone period?? Let alone in enterprise....iPhone is TERRIBLE as a phone. It has one of the worst call qualities I have experienced. To someone on the other line it sounds muffled and very base-y. This is due to the low quality microphone / digitizer they use in it. Definitely stick to the blackberry!

prvt.donut
May 21, 2010, 04:17 AM
I got two things from this posting; one your in the wrong forum if that is your opinion, and two; you need to touch-"base" with a f^@*ing dictionary and look up the difference between base/bass...

Fail at the spelling lecture with your mistake of your and you're!:rolleyes:

chapindad
May 24, 2010, 09:30 AM
I agree that the iphone is being introduced by upper management because they want them or they have them personally. But to say there is no business reason for the iphone is to stick your head in the sand.

There is a huge development effort going on for the iPhone that is not happening on the BB. I would guess, I am sure I am right, that the Bank has developed very easily some apps that allow users better and quicker access to the data they need. What use to require a laptop can now be done through the iPhone and by extension the iPad. The BB really missed the boat on this front.

bsblvnv
Jun 5, 2010, 01:26 PM
Everyone whining about call quality...wtf. I have amazing call quality and I always have, but I live in Las Vegas, not NYC or SF. So I don't count right? The call quality problem has NEVER been the iPhone, it is AT&T. Oh and guess what? They don't use AT&T in England.

Ironworker808
Jun 5, 2010, 10:27 PM
For what it's worth, Hilton Worldwide sent out a company wide memo about a month or so ago stating that anyone with a company Blackberry could have it switched to an iPhone if they so desired. Or that they could use their personal iPhone and be reimbursed.

jaykk
Jun 5, 2010, 10:35 PM
For what it's worth, Hilton Worldwide sent out a company wide memo about a month or so ago stating that anyone with a company Blackberry could have it switched to an iPhone if they so desired. Or that they could use their personal iPhone and be reimbursed.

So many companies are giving incentives if you use your own personal laptops, ISPs, and phone for business use. Though iPhone is mainly consumer device, the enterprise will benefit as well ..and I am sure more and more Enterprise will switch to iPhone.

ariakerry
Jun 15, 2010, 02:18 AM
Its obvious to use Iphone in banking firm as compared to Blackberry..
Blackberry seems to be used by such complete business class persons.
But we can say Allrounder to Iphone ;)