Thursday, March 20, 2008

Garter: 2.0 Update To Make iPhone Business-Ready

Garter changed their verdict on the iPhone's business-readiness today in anticipation of the upcoming business-friendly iPhone 2.0 update. The firm granted "applicance-level" status to the iPhone today, meaning that according to them, the update will make the iPhone secure and functional enough to be used for enterprise purposes.

The firm had this to say about the iPhone and the 2.0 update:

"Appliance-level" status permits the iPhone to be used for PIM, e-mail, telephony and browsing applications. It also permits the device to be used for other dedicated functions where the software is supplied by a third party, functionality is kept to a restricted set, the software supplier offers support for a backup platform and IT development resources are not needed to program custom code locally residing on the device.

The real kicker came from Garter vice president and analyst Ken Dulaney:

"The iPhone will thus match up initially in several segments against its main smartphone competitors—BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian Series 60."

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