I wrote an article a few weeks back about the launch of the iPhone 3Gs because I thought that the business people of the world should be aware that Apple and Microsoft are starting to play nice. With the release of the new 3.0 software for iPhones everywhere, Apple’s smart phone should be considered for small businesses looking to enhance productivity out of – and inside – the office.
I am now the proud custodian of an Apple iPhone 3Gs and I love it! I find emailing on my iPhone easier than on my old Nokia E66 and countless Windows Mobiles before; you have a full device search and also visual voicemail. If anything I didn’t do the iPhone justice in my original iPhone and BlackBerry article. We have deployed ten iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 3G handsets around the office and I have had nothing but great feedback from everyone that has been lucky enough to receive one.
But, apparently BlackBerry didn’t like my article. They seem to think my views on the BlackBerry phone are not accurate indications of the power of the BlackBerry handsets. And since BlackBerry are sending over one of their new 8520 handsets and letting me loose on it, I feel I should set the record straight about why I was raving about the iPhone but not too happy with BlackBerry handsets I have used in the past. Don’t get me wrong; BlackBerry phones wouldn’t be so popular if they were rubbish. BlackBerry make good phones – I just think BlackBerry could do better and make it a little easier!
My earliest experience with a BlackBerry wasn’t the greatest – I got sent one as a review for Real Business. I found the BlackBerry difficult to navigate around and when I tried to add extra email accounts to it, I couldn’t for the life of me work out how to do it – leaving me feeling somewhat inadequate as a geek.
I later found out (while trying to figure out the same puzzle with my friend’s BlackBerry Storm) that to add the additional email accounts without a BlackBerry server you have to sign into a web-based system, set up the account there and then wait for the BlackBerry handset to download and install the settings (it was the next day that the BlackBerry finally started receiving emails on the additional email account I set up).
If you’re not a huge company ,chances are you will be using Microsoft Small Business Server, Microsoft Exchange or some form of web-based email app (my money is on Google Mail) to manage your company’s emails. You have already invested the time into looking into the right communications solution for your company (you have probably spent a lot of money on it too) – all you want to do is allow your users to access their emails on the move, preferably with the least ball ache possible while retaining security of your company data. Your FD would no doubt also like you to do this with the least expenditure possible.
BlackBerry, all I am saying is that with the great new features of the iPhone 3.0 software, you can have all of this for minimal expenditure: O2 will give you an iPhone 3G (8GB) for around £100 per iPhone + monthly fees and that’s all you need to pay. You also get a free upgrade to the new 3.0 software. You can easily get around ten handsets up and running on the most popular small business email solutions within a day. If you ever want to find your iPhones, or remote wipe them (if you dont have exchange 2007), you will need to get a mobile me account, however – and how dare Apple charge £50 per year for that!
Posted from my iPhone.
UPDATE (30.07.09): want to hear even more about the iPhone – BlackBerry saga? I recieve a phone call from BlackBerry!! Read about it here
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