By Chris Temelkos
Bad news for RIM, British bank Standard Chartered will be saying adios to the Blackberry and be welcoming the ever so popular iPhone, allowing users the option to switch, which could cause thousands of other bankers to jump on the bandwagon.
Bankers often prefer the Blackberry to take care of their business communications and it has become the standard device issued, meaning it could be quite sometime before changes are made, especially with wary financial professionals and pieces of information technology analysts concerned about security issues, such as encryption.
A recent study by NPD group found that RIM was leading the pack in the U.S. smartphone market at 36 percent, followed by Google’s Android with 28 percent and the iPhone at 21 percent. No surprise, considering RIM has a more effective system for corporate professionals. However, that didn’t stop Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp from offering the choice to switch back in June 2009.
The choice between Blackberry or iPhone is a tough one and has more to do with personal preference. Owning a Blackberry myself, I can say it’s not too shabby but I also have to admit, I would love to have an iPhone. Whatever the choice, one company may be left behind.