British Bank Offers Employees Option of Switching From BlackBerry to iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 17, 2010.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Reuters reports 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.
    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
  2. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    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)

  3. billyzenme macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2009
    iPhones can be easily configured by IT admin too.
  4. obsoletepower macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    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!
  5. rish macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2006
    London UK

    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.
  6. reden macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    You seem to be quite distressed. Perhaps you should take a deep breath, and count backwards from 10 to 1.
  7. LondonCentral macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
  8. SteveLV702 macrumors 6502


    Oct 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    probably wasn't using a real iPhone and just using one of those cheap china knock offs.
  9. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    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.
  10. whoartie macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    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?).
  11. ///M5 macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2009
    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!

  12. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2010
    the north, UK
    the call quality is crap though, alway has been with the iPhone
  13. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
  14. jordanh91 macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2009
    Fail-hio, Fail states of Failmerica.
    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:
  15. yourstation macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    And the call quality of the blackberry is so great? Give me a break...
  16. illitrate23 macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2004
    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.
  17. Christian247 macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2010
    Kansas City, MO
    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...
  18. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    The iPhone is great as a personal phone but def not ready on the business level yet.
  19. grapefruitx macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    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.
  20. SeanMcg macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    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 enterprise messaging.
  21. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    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.
  22. davork macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2007
    Woodbridge, NJ/ Dublin, Ireland

    - 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...
  23. kiljoy616 macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    haha was that a BB Rep.
  24. ct2k7 macrumors 603

    Aug 29, 2008
    City of London
  25. calb macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Neither had I, but unlike you I read the whole thread.

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