There were 2 major arenas that RIM had all to itself for the better part of a decade, and that was the government and enterprise users. And why wouldn’t they? BlackBerries were secure and had a solid email system- it seemed like a no-brainer.

It looks like years of falling behind the curve, among other mistakes, have cost RIM their place at the top in those 2 markets. We’ve already seen the U.S. government drop their aging BlackBerries in favor of iPhones, and now it looks like Apple is prepared to move onto the enterprise space…

MacRumors brings us this photo of an iPhone ad on the back page of The Economist, a publication they describe as a very influential business magazine. The ad is labeled “Business-savvy,” and touts several business apps, including Bloomberg and Oracle Business Indicators.

The iPhone has made serious progress with the enterprise crowd over the last few years. Apple COO Tim Cook noted in their last quarterly earnings call that 88% of Fortune 500 companies are using iPhones in some capacity and 75% of them are deploying iPads.

While those are some huge numbers, they obviously don’t represent the rest of the enterprise market. Apple still has some growth to do, and with their competitor RIM just trying to stay afloat among mass layoffs and other restructuring, Steve Jobs and company seem to be moving in for the kill.

What kind of phones does your company use? BlackBerry, iPhone?

  • Todd

    The 3GS is the company phone, switched last year from BB. While upper management use the new VZ iphone 4. BB has nothing anymore. iPhone is the standard.

    • Manuel

      iPhone fan and can say the bb isn’t that great IMO. However, you can’t say a company is down until it’s ready to say they’re bankrupt. Rim has some things to look at. When they do, and they still don’t fix their products, then I’d say it’s kinda over. BBM is still the most used, sadly to say. Hopefully, iOS can change that this Sept with the iMessenger.

  • Scott

    It’s called iMessage.

  • James

    They need to lose the physical keyboard for a start, who actually wants 1 of them anymore, always on show looking ugly as hell lol

  • darron

    Totally agree Manuel !!!!!

  • Isaac

    I own a blackberry storm2 and the reason i own it its cuz they gave it for free. I also have an iPod touch and an ipad2 and I can say for sure having some of the better devices of each company that idevices are WAY BETTER than blackberries. I’m saving money to get an iPhone ASAP

  • goofygreek

    Rim is screwed. Unless they pull a curve ball out of there asses, then i dont see them being around to much longer. Of course the iphone is not for everyone, but andriod phones are right behind iphone. So yea, Rim has to major competitors to try and beat, which i dont see happening.

  • Josh

    Rim is a big company and it can stand to bleed money for years so i dont see them going out of business there just not going to be as big and they damn sure wont be #1 in any case. Ive never used a bb device btw i am apple all the way

  • Elan

    I’m an iPhone user and absolutely love it. My new job is requiring that I use their BB and I gotta say, I’m not sure what to do. I REALLY don’t want to give up my iPhone but I also don’t want to walk around with 2 phones. Their argument is that the BB is more secure and they can remote kill the device if it’s lost. Is that true?

    • Kent

      Yes, they can. I have used BB for 5 years, and I love BB. I want them to succeed in the market (not to mention, the more variation = better prices, products and specs for the end user). But I really think the iPhone is superior, except in battery life, and ease of typing. But I much prefer the screen of the iPhone to the screen of the BB (well, that’s just silly to say, obviously it’s going to have a smaller screen!) Regardless, yes, they can detonate that baby if you lose it if it’s on enterprise. They can also grab everything off of it (call logs, contacts, messages, apps etc).

      • RG

        any iOS device can also be “detonated” remotely provided its running tge latest OS version 4.x.x, so if your IT manager told you that the BB are more secure than iphones because they can be wipedout remoteley… he surele has not got a and on any iOS device and its just going with the flow

  • Elan

    I’m an iPhone user and absolutely love it. My new job is requiring that I use their BB and I gotta say, I’m not sure what to do. I REALLY don’t want to give up my iPhone but I also don’t want to walk around with 2 phones. Their argument is that the BB is more secure Is that true?

  • Wes

    One big problem, cell phone towers keep track of your phone even when it’s off. You can’t take the battery out of an iPhone, so… certain government agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc) won’t use iPhone

  • r0cket

    BB fans that use the “Oh BB’s are more secure” have no idea what the hell they’re talking about. What the hell do you mean more secure? If hackers really wanted to root BB, they would have done it a very long time ago, they’re just not interested in wasting their time on these ancient device. Any phone is vulnerable to security threats, its just a matter of finding them.

  • Josh

    My company just dropped bb to go for the iphone because the iphone is just as secure as bb and it can be managed or cleared remotly