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iPhone is First Choice For Workplace Smartphones

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Bring your own device (BYOD) trend surges with BlackBerry overtaken by Google's Android.

Android devices have replaced RIM's BlackBerry as the second most popular device for Bring Your Own Device to work (BYOD), while Apple's iPhone maintains its position as the first choice for workplace smartphones.

The latest quarterly Mobile Workforce report from mobile connectivity provider iPass shows a considerable drop in the number of smartphones given to employees for work. Instead, there has been a rise in the amount of employees bringing their own mobile devices to work.

The percentage of employers providing smartphones to staff members has declined from 58 to 33 percent, while BYOD has increased to 46 percent, a four percent increase from the 42 percent share it had last year.

"The idea of a universal computing device that supplants other devices has been on the radar for decades," said Evan Kaplan, chief executive officer at iPass. "What's interesting is that while the smartphone is ranked only behind the wallet and keys in importance, it's not displacing mobile workers' reliance on tablets or laptops. In fact, our data indicates that smartphone users also use more data on other devices, revealing an interesting phenomenon ― essentially, the more you use the more you use."

The iPhone has strengthened its dominance in the BYOD trend, with Apple's smartphone now accounting for more than half -- 53 percent -- of the handsets in the survey, an increase from its 45 percent share in 2011.

Android has taken second place with 34 percent of employees surveyed owning a device powered by Google's mobile platform. This is up from 21 percent in 2011. BlackBerry, meanwhile, isn't just proving to be a turn off for major organizations with 26 percent of workers now bring a BB device into the office. This is a decrease from 32 percent last year. Windows Phone remains in last place out of the major operating systems, with Microsoft's operating system for mobiles attributing to five percent of workers utilizing it.

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    -Jackson , November 26, 2012 1:31 PM
    Quote:
    Is this a paid for article by Apple?

    Judging by your name, it wouldn't matter even if it was.
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    mrmaia , November 26, 2012 1:39 PM
    I knew it was a Zak Islam advertising even before I opened it.
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    steve360 , November 26, 2012 1:43 PM
    Trust Zak to report insignificant news even remotely related to Apple.
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  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , November 26, 2012 1:26 PM
    Is this a paid for article by Apple?
  • 17 Hide
    -Jackson , November 26, 2012 1:31 PM
    Quote:
    Is this a paid for article by Apple?

    Judging by your name, it wouldn't matter even if it was.
  • 16 Hide
    mrmaia , November 26, 2012 1:39 PM
    I knew it was a Zak Islam advertising even before I opened it.
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    Murissokah , November 26, 2012 1:42 PM
    Proving that no matter how good the IT team is, the guys in suits get to choose their phones.
  • 14 Hide
    steve360 , November 26, 2012 1:43 PM
    Trust Zak to report insignificant news even remotely related to Apple.
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    nameon , November 26, 2012 2:03 PM
    |random thought| i wonder how a tag-team match with gruener and islam on one side and ...anyone on the other would go....
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    n0manarmy , November 26, 2012 2:04 PM
    MurissokahProving that no matter how good the IT team is, the guys in suits get to choose their phones.


    And they will still have a thousand questions about them :( 
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    cats_Paw , November 26, 2012 2:11 PM
    mrmaiaI knew it was a Zak Islam advertising even before I opened it.


    With you on that bro.
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    ericburnby , November 26, 2012 2:21 PM
    MurissokahProving that no matter how good the IT team is, the guys in suits get to choose their phones.

    Any "good" IT department that actually spends time analyzing iOS and Android would pick iOS. Like Halliburton, for example.
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    zzz_b , November 26, 2012 2:53 PM
    Zak, read the Coran instead of writing these articles. Maybe you will be forgiven :) 
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    whiteodian , November 26, 2012 3:35 PM
    This is our company's phone of choice. I ask my IT manager to consider Windows phone. In the end, the iPhones go to the users and are fairly easy to use so this makes sense.
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    masterasia , November 26, 2012 4:33 PM
    Sorry, I configure iDevices for work. They are a pain. But then again, so are Android devices but not as much as iDevices. Yes, for the sales guy that knows nothing about phones, the iPhone is better. It's easier to train on. One thing I frequently come across is that sometimes the sales guy's phone gets messed up while he's on the road. When we were using Android phones, they can just take their SD card out of their old phone and put it in their new phone, download the apps, and all the settings are there. It's not the same with an iPhone. The settings are forever lost and the sales guys would have to call me to walk them through configuring their phone again.

    Yes, I know that nowadays most phones don't come with micro SD anymore, but still, all your settings are saved to your Google account. If you lose your phone or switch phones, all you have to do is enter in your Google information and most of everything comes back. iCloud is not the same. It's too limited on what you can back up.

    Most of the sales guys here are old and need a bigger screen to see (sorry for stereotyping). The iPhone 5 screen is still too small and the keyboard sucks because they always fat finger when they text. But the company just made the switch to all iPhones because of a particular app (not gonna say, but it is available for Android, just not Android 4.0 and above). The reactions from the sales team has been mixed. Half of them don't use the iPhone and still use their own personal Android phones. The other half don't really care because it's a company provided phone.
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    Vladislaus , November 26, 2012 4:37 PM
    ericburnbyAny "good" IT department that actually spends time analyzing iOS and Android would pick iOS. Like Halliburton, for example.

    So you're saying that any IT department that went with Android or any other OS aren't good because they choose differently from you?

    Also this article has nothing to do what IT departments choosen but with BYOD.
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    j2j663 , November 26, 2012 5:33 PM
    Shocker, iPass reports that there are more iDevices than anything else.
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    wcnighthawk , November 26, 2012 6:09 PM
    Proud to say that my office bucks that trend. There are only 2 Iphone users (1 now) in our office, one of which we just recently converted to Droid and the other wanting to. Of the Droids, I'd say 80% are Galaxy variants (S3's, Tabs and Notes 1 and 2). Sorry Apple, we got no love for you up in here!

    Actually, we just hired 4 new people. They might have Iphones, not sure. If they do though, we'll convert 'em ;) 
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    robochump , November 26, 2012 6:22 PM
    My company prefers iPhones and they have worked great. We also offer BB and Droids yet iPhones remain dominant. At this point it is hilarious fan boy'ism to say iDevices are toys. We do have our Droid fans as well and love their S IIIs which is cool too. I stick to my iPhone since I am loving the fact that the US is relevant in the consumer electronics market.
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    therogerwilco , November 26, 2012 6:40 PM
    iDevices are consumer products. They are not business class devices. They lack the support. And. They. Suck.
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    game junky , November 26, 2012 7:02 PM
    Not sure whether to point to low-cost of iPhone when purchased on contract or the ease of connecting and disconnecting from an exchange environment. Either way, it's not that surprising.

    As long as my employer never tries to replace my laptop with an iPad, Apple and I will get along just fine. Use the right tool for the right job...
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    chrisofhammond , November 26, 2012 8:19 PM
    You anti-Apple people always go full retard. Kudos for being consistent! "Omg, everything popular sucks!"
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    stevelord , November 26, 2012 8:20 PM
    iPhone 5s for my staff after previously having the 4 so my IT hero status has been renewed. They're easy to learn and they don't require rebooting or rooting to make them work.

    However, they are a pain to manage on the IT side. Lot of "gotchas." Much of it to do with iTunes, which is the one thing I really despise.

    People hate Apple because it's "cool" to and somehow being an Android user puts you on a higher plane of intelligence for some reason.
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