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BofA, Citi testing iPhones for corporate e-mail

Both Bank of America and Citigroup are currently running trials with the iPhone as they decide whether to allow employees to use the iPhone as an alternative to RIM’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail. Citing three people familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reports that the companies are testing software designed to make it secure enough for company messaging. “People are delighted with their iPhones and Android phones and they want to use them for work,” said Roger Entner, head of telecom research at Nielsen Co. “The result is RIM now has real competition for corporate customers.”

The report states that both trials involve more than 1,000 employees; testing at Bank of America is said to be in advanced stages and will likely be followed by a pilot project prior to wider implementation. Both companies are also said to be testing Android-based devices for the same purposes. In addition to Bank of America and Citigroup, the report claims that JPMorgan Chase & Co. and UBS are considering letting using employees use iPhones for corporate e-mail, while Standard Chartered Bank said in May that it was switching from BlackBerry to the iPhone and expects to have 15,000 of the devices deployed by the end of 2010.

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1

According to news reports, banks already creepily take out life insurance policies on their employees - just add a rider for thie iPhones.

Posted by Berthold Fitzgibbon on November 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM (PDT)

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@1, while your point is often true, it’s also completely irrelevant to what they’re testing. Blackberry has demonstrated that their network is so secure that Dubai decided to ban the devices in their country for fear the government would have too hard a time spying on their people. Neither Apple nor Google designed their mobile OS with such security in mind and it remains to be seen if they can be trusted in the high stakes world of corporations.

They’re not worried that people will lose and/or break expensive iPhones, they’re worried others will use less secure iPhones and Android phones to steal corporate secrets they know are secure on Blackberry devices.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 5, 2010 at 5:18 PM (PDT)

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Ernest and Young have been testing iphones for a while and they will be letting their employees use them sometime after eh new year

Posted by M on November 6, 2010 at 6:48 AM (PDT)

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