Why Companies Are Switching From BlackBerry To iPhone (AAPL,...

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    iPhones are beginning to take share away from the Black Berry - hopefully encryption will soon be deployed to keep the momentum.
  3. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    wow that article was full of a lot of miss infomation and down right lies.

    Lets pick it appart.
    First Cost -- What the hell is all I have to say. If a company has BES it is because they want control over the device and for security. Something not offered on the other devices. The companies can and do us BIS which cost them nothing. It is free to the companies so cost argument goes out the windows

    Internation access--- If they are going to japan they are going to get the bold and are going to more than likely being using BES any how so again goes back to control but pretty much a crap argument any how.

    Web surfing. Ok got to give it author there. iPhone rules for web surfing.

    For the most part this author is dumb and used crap arguments and clearly does not understand why companies like the blackberry.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    I think the iPhone will capture a limited market share here however the author seems to be missing the rather obvious point that other phones offer the services he mentions and cost less to maintain than either Blackberry or the iPhone.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    Just to clarify...you do have to purchase a separate Blackberry Enterprise Server and any Blackberry that attaches to that server has to pay a subscription per year. I work at a large firm in IT and we were able to save millions by restricting BBs to top management only. Everyone else was forced to switch to horrible Windows Mobile and were quite upset...and now we are using iPhones and everyone could not be happier. Even those who have Blackberries are switching to iPhones...
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    iPhones with Snow Leopard server and you have just eliminated any per seat licensing fees. I had a choice at my business to upgrade my Exchange server or eliminate it and switch to SL server for our iPhones. We're mid-switch right now.
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    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Then you care to explain to me why the company I worked for judt used BIS for there BB which did not add the extra cost of BES. The just had IMPA in the BB through itM

    The author does not know ehat he is talking about. BES just gives IT a lot more control over BB something that can not be done with the iPhone
  8. macrumors 603

    Mar 20, 2007
    I am curious to know how it does for disk access. I am assuming SL still does flat file email (versus storing in a DB). I am also curious to know how you guys are doing push (I am assuming you are going to use IMAP IDLE).
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Curious. Why you say this?
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    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
  11. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Possibly assuming that business users travelling internationally are likely to be from larger firms, which without doubt will be using a BES.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    BES is what an enterprise pays RIMM the big bucks for to have their BlackBerry server in-house.

    BIS is where you send all your BlackBerry data to Canada and back.

    BES does give you a lot of control over your devices, but it costs a flippin' fortune.

    Grossly overpriced middleware is the dirty little secret of the BlackBerry ecosystem. Such scenarios never last forever as customers inexorably gravitate towards more direct, cheaper solutions. Now that Microsoft is letting other companies use ActiveSync, BES is going to see a slow but steady decline.

    I am a system administrator at a small company. We run Kerio Mail Server, which supports iPhones perfectly well through ActiveSync. I have to shell out $50/yr for a license for AstraSync or NotifySync for each BlackBerry user I've got, and neither of those two apps is what I'd call easy to configure or bug-free by any stretch.

    iPhones work out of the box with Exchange servers and don't require any additional expensive middleware to function properly. That's why the iPhone has appeal to business now.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2008
    BES & Exchange

    The argument that BES costs and BIS is free is true.

    The point of BES simply offering control and that BIS is the substitute does not look at all situations. That control is available in other phones at no additional cost in specific situations. Many companies don't use BES or nothing. Many use Exchange and the BES is used for integration into an exchange environment. At that point it is a double dip into IT budgets. If I can deploy a phone that handles data and email well (Another discussion entirely), and can use ActiveSync, then why also pay the insane BES fees. In a migration to Ex07 a client's BES required upgrade. That would have added cost increases to the job when a case could be made to use the migration to phase out the BES for ActiveSync and save money. I can remote wipe, integrate an existing Exchange environ and have the control without the cost. And not send my data to Canada.

    Now, if a design has no Exchange server, a small number of users, and no control issues then yes, Use BIS. But I would then suggest the client would be better with a SBS to get Exchange or to use a Apple Server or Kirio.

  14. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Thanks. That makes sense.

    Naive question here. Wouldn't the iPhone be as easy to use around the world, albeit expensive due to roaming charges? Also, I would imagine that large companies can get reduced roaming charge rates.

    Silencio and Razz; good info. Makes understanding the RIM and their system much easier.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2006
    Sheesh! Services don't count for anything unless people want to use them.

    Lots of phones had lots of capabilities not found in the Blackberry or the iPhone, but very few people were willing to take the time and effort required to use them. Doing things well is important, and it's the reason the iPhone is going to dominate the market.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    Except these are business phones, chief. Most IT departments probably don't really care about non-essential bells and whistles and purchasing departments most certainly don't. If it does secure e-mail and perhaps a bit of sharepoint and office doc editing then that's all it needs.

    As for 'dominate', it doesn't even do that in the consumer space.

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