Business users meet gatecrashers at UK iPhone launch

Business users meet gatecrashers at UK iPhone launch

Summary: Some of the early adopters at the launch planned to use Apple's device for business, despite security warnings. But some were just unwelcome guests

TOPICS: Networking

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  • The story was different for many of those who worked for larger corporations. One example was Richard Innes, who works in finance in the City.

    Currently a BlackBerry user, Innes said he doubted he would be allowed to use his iPhone in a business setting. "It's a big corporate network," he said. "If I was in the media, I could easily use the iPhone, but I don't think I could use it in a corporate environment."

    O2 has warned that many procurement departments may not allow employees to transfer their work numbers to an iPhone because it is only available on a consumer tariff. The security implications of the device's use in a corporate setting have also not yet been established.

  • Ben Sellers, another website developer, said the iPhone's online applications were useful for business. "Every product we use is web-based, like collaboration tools and email," he told

    Although the software development kit (SDK) for the iPhone is yet to be released — severely limiting the number of available third-party applications — several software companies have declared their products to be iPhone-compatible because they are web-based.

    The only aspect of the iPhone that did not impress Sellers is its lack of 3G functionality. The device only works on O2's slower Edge network, which will only cover 30 percent of the country by the end of this year. When outside Edge coverage, the device will fall back to the even slower GPRS network.

    "That's the only backwards step here," said Sellers, who currently uses Windows Mobile but is looking forward to the iPhone's bigger screen and better browser.

  • Michael Wong works in recruitment and claimed that his employer would have to let him use his iPhone at work because "they don't have a choice".

    "I'm hoping for push email functionality — I'm just waiting for the SDK. The iPhone needs to be integrated with corporate email," Wong added. Like most in the queue, he was also looking forward to using the iPhone's high-quality Safari browser.

Topic: Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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