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BlackBerry under assault in corporate America

BlackBerry under assault in corporate America


A pair of stories emerged today that demonstrate how Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphones, is under attack from all sides. For some time, RIM's position as one that satisfied corporate clients with its smartphones was unassailable.

But now with iPhone and Google's Android eating up market share, and Microsoft's Phone 7 coming around the corner, RIM's bread and butter is being threatened, some think. The latest comScore market report shows RIM still holds the market lead over iPhone and Android, but it's lead is slipping.

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The news today: First, sources tell Bloomberg that Bank of America and Citigroup -- two of the biggest U.S. banks -- are testing iPhones for corporate use as an alternative to BlackBerrys.

Second, Dell, which is in the smartphone business itself, told the Wall Street Journal that it plans to ditch RIM's BlackBerrys for its 25,000 employees, and switch them over to their phones, which would run Microsoft and Android software.

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Corporate I.T. departments are under pressure from employees to support their personal devices, which are often iPhones and Android devices -- so RIM's competitors are slowly creeping into the workplace. Will there be a tipping point soon?

[Thanks to Cult of Mac for image]

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