JPMorgan Chase iPhone Debate

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 09-13-2010
Banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. is testing Apple devices for employees who may want to use them for e-mailing, providing an alternative to BlackBerry devices for the first time, according to two unnamed sources quoted in a Bloomberg News article < http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-10/jpmorgan-said-to-test-iphone-for-e-mail-as-more-bankers-bypass-blackberry.html >. Google Android-based devices are also reportedly under consideration.

Bloomberg also reports that Swiss bank USB AG is considering allowing employees to use the iPhone. Company spokesman Jean-Raphael Fontannaz told the publication that making the is likely to take some time. "There are certainly quite a few employees that have private iPhones, and as a bank we have to ask ourselves if that could be an option for us," he said.

According to a Gartner research report, however, Android-powered smartphones are the ones to watch: Android-based devices could outnumber BlackBerry smartphones and iPhones by the end of 2010, and match Symbian sooner than expected, the report projected.

For more, read the eWeek article Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Usage Debated at JPMorgan Chase.