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iPhone creeping into the workplace?

Have you bought yourself an iPhone for personal use, only to find that you want to use it for work too? Have you been bugging the I.T. guy (or gal) at your office to let you sync your iPhone with your work email?

Apparently, this phenomenon is happening with increasing frequency -- and Columbia-based Boxtone is trying to get ahead of the curve. My story today about them showed that Boxtone, whose bread-n-butter has been helping companies manage the BlackBerrys they give to employees, is now offering iPhone support, too.

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The iPhone hasn't had a history and reputation for being enterprise-worthy, like the BlackBerry -- but that doesn't matter for consumers who fall in love with the gadget and want to be able to use its email and Web browsing for their day jobs.

Tech watchers think that companies are going to have to respond to their employees by supporting the smartphones they want to use -- which could mean bad news down the road for BlackBerry, but good news for iPhone, Palm Pre and other competitors.


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