Over on one of Voxeo's weblogs I wrote a piece yesterday, "Goodbye BlackBerry... Hello iPhone!" that speaks to our vote in the evolving "RIM vs Apple" battle going on out there in the enterprise marketplace. It will be an interesting move that I'm very much looking forward to.
From what I've seen, we join a growing number of companies that are now using Apple's iPhone for a corporate mobile phone.
Interestingly, RIM is today announcing the impending release on Verizon (US) and Vodafone (UK) networks of the Blackberry "Storm", RIM's touchscreen entry against the iPhone. Some links today:
- Engadget review
- Comparison with the iPhone
- Boy Genius Report post with pictures and Verizon/RIM news release
Alec Saunders also has it as the topic for today's Squawk Box at 11am US Eastern time.
Will it be enough to stop enterprises from defecting to the iPhone? I don't know... I'm sure it may stop some, but until RIM can come out with a development platform and distribution system rivaling Apple's AppStore, I think you'll see more developers choosing to go the iPhone way. We'll see.
Regardless, it certainly is good for us as users to have the increased competition out there... in the end, we'll all wind up with much better devices, methinks.
Meanwhile, I'm personally looking forward to receiving my corporate iPhone and joining in the iPhone fun. :-)
What do you think? Is the Storm enough to keep you on Blackberry? Or will you (have you?) move to the iPhone? (Or don't you care?)