I’ve always thought that Apple, from the very beginning, intended for the iPhone to contend in the corporate world for smart phone dominance, however, I figured it would be on a 2.0 or maybe even a 3.0 version of the device. It would, however, seem, that AT&T thinks that the iPhone 1.0 is ready for the enterprise right now.
AT&T is now offering the iPhone to business customers.
The plan breakdown, lifted directly from Engadget, is as follows:
- 2 year commitment, voice service, and data plan required
- $45 per month for unlimited data, visual voice mail, and 200 SMSes; $55 ups the SMS limit to 1,500; $65 for unlimited everything
- An extra $25 per month nabs a 20MB monthly data plan good for 29 countries, $60 per month ups the limit to 50MB
- Activate by 31 March and qualified accounts will receive a service credit of $25 per month good through 31 December, 2008
I still feel that the iPhone is not ready for the corporate world. At least not yet anyway. That’s not to say, however, that it won’t be. The lack of a physical keyboard and 3G are showstoppers for me on the 1.0 version.
For those of you that wonder, yes, I own an iPhone and I think that it is the coolest cell phone that I have ever bought. The BlackBerry, however, is, hands down, the best business smartphone that I have ever used. Stick a slide-out keyboard, a replaceable battery, 3G and a memory slot in the iPhone, and allow it to receive push email from my corporate email system as well as a BIS-like internet service and I just may change my mind.