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1/17/2008
04:36 PM
Stephen Wellman
Stephen Wellman
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Will AT&T Offer The iPhone To Business Customers?

Earlier today my colleague, Eric Zeman, reported that IBM is ready to extend Notes access to the iPhone. Now one rumor claims that AT&T will offer the iPhone to its business customers. Who said the iPhone was not ready for the enterprise?



Earlier today my colleague, Eric Zeman, reported that IBM is ready to extend Notes access to the iPhone. Now one rumor claims that AT&T will offer the iPhone to its business customers. Who said the iPhone was not ready for the enterprise?The Boy Genius Report claims they have the skinny on AT&T and its business subscribers. Here is what they have to say:

Thanks to one of our tipsters, we just got news that AT&T will be announcing iPhone compatibility to corporate and business accounts on January, 21st. The best part? If you have a corporate discounts, they are still valid! There's said to be special iPhone data plans of $25 or higher that the business customer must subscribe to. Additionally, there will be no equipment discounts (obviously), and there's a special activation process you'll have to run through before going to iTunes and activating.

Coupled with support from iAnywhere, this could mean that many corporate AT&T customers will soon be able to stay productive and watch movies on the go all on their iPhones. Holy consumer effect, Batman.

While Apple has traditionally avoided the enterprise market -- and most mobile analysts continue to claim that the iPhone is not ready for the enterprise -- it sure looks like Apple is preparing the iPhone for the business market.

What do you think? Will AT&T roll out business customer support for the iPhone? And if so, how long until the iPhone becomes competitive with the BlackBerry?

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