HSBC trading in 200,000 BlackBerrys for iPhone 3Gs?

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HSBC, the gigantor multinational banking firm, is considering making the jump from BlackBerry to iPhone for upwards of 200,000 of their employees.

“We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective … and when I say that, I mean globally… You know, it’s a big decision, especially when you have an existing fleet out there,” [HSBC's Australia and New Zealand chief information officer Brenton Hush] said. “We always explore the potential application of new technologies and this is no different.”

This is not only a big deal for RIM who could be losing a major customer, but could easily set precedent for other major companies who would see that the iPhone works for serious business. Many enterprises are not willing to give up BlackBerry’s rock-solid security, but it’s interesting to see that a financial firm that’s dealing with sensitive numbers all the time are confident enough to consider the iPhone a solution. Of course, no decision has been made yet, and the it’s still a pretty low priority for the HSBC CIO, but we’ll all be watching to see if the change is made. Some remain optimistic that RIM’s push into consumer territory will be more successful than Apple’s move into enterprise, and how this HSBC deal ends up will decide if that’s true.

(via ZDNet)

  • Dave

    thinking of moving to iphone as a solution??? BADD MOVE!

  • Dave

    thinking of moving to iphone as a solution??? BADD MOVE!

  • br14

    You’d have to be crazy to move to iPhone as a corporate solution. Unless Apple has suddenly developed a BES server equivalent (in which case watch for patent violation cases) that works with Exchange and Domino.

    On the other hand, if HSBC employees don’t use email, like browsing the net, watching videos and listening to music at work – then great idea.

  • br14

    You’d have to be crazy to move to iPhone as a corporate solution. Unless Apple has suddenly developed a BES server equivalent (in which case watch for patent violation cases) that works with Exchange and Domino.

    On the other hand, if HSBC employees don’t use email, like browsing the net, watching videos and listening to music at work – then great idea.

  • br14

    You’d have to be crazy to move to iPhone as a corporate solution. Unless Apple has suddenly developed a BES server equivalent (in which case watch for patent violation cases) that works with Exchange and Domino.

    On the other hand, if HSBC employees don’t use email, like browsing the net, watching videos and listening to music at work – then great idea.

  • Allan

    They would also have to give up copy, cut & paste. Not to mention the ability to sync notes & tasks. But then again do they use their pda phone to work or play?

  • Allan

    They would also have to give up copy, cut & paste. Not to mention the ability to sync notes & tasks. But then again do they use their pda phone to work or play?

  • Marty

    The HSBC story was a pile of hype. Judy Mottl called HSBC and asked whether they are switching to iphone and the answer was “there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell”…Judy’s post is at:

    http://blog.internetnews.com/jmottl/2008/08/when-a-story-isnt-a-story.html

  • Marty

    The HSBC story was a pile of hype. Judy Mottl called HSBC and asked whether they are switching to iphone and the answer was “there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell”…Judy’s post is at:

    http://blog.internetnews.com/jmottl/2008/08/when-a-story-isnt-a-story.html