Ford employees will be offered iPhones instead of BlackBerries

Ford employees will be offered iPhones instead of BlackBerries
In another blow to BlackBerry (which isn't doing too well lately), Ford Motor Company recently revealed that it would replace BlackBerry handsets with Apple iPhones for 3,300 of its employees. 

The switch will be made before the end of this year, and Ford is looking to hire a mobile technology analyst to focus “on the global deployment of corporate iPhones.” Other 6,000 Ford employees will receive shiny new iPhones over the next couple of years, though these will replace “flip phones”, not BlackBerries. 

According to Bloomberg, a Ford spokesperson declared:


The news comes not long after Apple and IBM announced a partnership to put new enterprise apps on iPhones and iPads.

Bloomberg quotes a BlackBerry spokesman, who reportedly declared:

 
Earlier today, we reported that BlackBerry would acquire German-based security firm Secusmart, obviously in order to enhance the security of its OS. While this may help the Canadian company gain new customers, it doesn’t look like it means much to Ford.

source: Bloomberg

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73 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

productivity killer, candy crush all day

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What makes you think you'll have access to install your own apps on an enterprise device?

5. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Because it says in the article the devices will be used for work and for personal use.

15. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Ouch.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

How dare you read things, that is not the iFan way.

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yeah a Fortune 500 company will let you install whatever app you need for "personal" use. LOL...Have you ever worked in IT? They'll have full control of the device and have a whitelist of what apps they can install :) Candy crush will not be one of them.

33. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yup! I sure have. And the company I worked for allowed certain games and personal apps as well as what you needed for work. One was just "partitioned" if you will, from the other.

38. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not always true. My wife can use hers anyway she wants as long as she doesn't destroy it. They also bought a life proof case for hers

58. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

agreed they will definitely control what apps employes install .

57. engineer-1701d unregistered

its sad that people don't have an option to pick a phone operating system that forced to deal with iPhone and if they have never had iPhone they will hate it

3. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

that's a horrible idea. Android devices are so much better for that matter with multi user mode, private modes, blocking modes and such. Windows phones as well. Ford you have no idea what your doing... the world is heading in the direction of android and openness... not ios

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well, buy Ford and give your employed what you want them to have, other wise....shut it.

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why the anger and bipolar. ..? No need to be repulsive and rude to him, and tell him to "shutup" iFanboy.

67. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

sick em'!

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I doubt this was a random inspiration at Ford, Apple probably approached them for this. That is how it usually works in the corporate world, rarely does it come naturally. All the Samsung or Apple or whoever news regarding corporations adopting their products are negotiated.

59. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

lol ford can say the same thing for you . such decision are taken by top level management and not by a single person . they must have taken this step because iPhone is suitable for their employees . with android some companies are concerned about security ( resent iOS backdoor is not known by everyone once it becomes well known companies might rethink .) but i do agree they could have opted for android instead of iOS like every person in this world can but some people just like the apple ecosystem and you should learn to deal with this and not force a particular os on them . Its their choice , you be happy with what you have .

73. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

I totally agree. They must be happy for Apple iPhones if Ford choice to be their smartphone. Well, Samsung can deal with Ferrari employee also and give them the new Galaxy Note 4 if they want so that all the SamsungFanboy will be happy.

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I would like to know how "New" these iphones will be. A friend of mine's company went with iphones to replace blackberries two years ago and the iphones were the 4 instead of the current 5 at the time. As the employees raised a stink about older outdated handsets, the company went with Android after the two years. It found it could get a more up date Android for less than Apple was offering the company for outdated products. Not saying this is always the case. But, that was how it played out with his company. John B.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's the thing. Most companies only give out two year old plus iPhones. They're definitely not ponying up for a 5s or 6.

11. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

My wife's company gave 5s to all upper management

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Surprising. And it'll last until they get hacked. iOS is nowhere near secure. Especially not with that backdoor written directly into iOS that sends off chunks of user data to who knows where. But I notice only upper management got the 5s. I bet the rest got the 4.

25. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lol they got 5c (I'm betting because they got a deal on overstock 5c)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not calling you a liar, but what else would we expect you to say...

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple's hasn't changed its decades-old business model. It still cloaks its technology in secrecy and only provides what's absolutely necessary for software developers. This tactic means most of the innovation comes from one company -- Apple. That won't be enough for businesses, since Apple is a consumer electronics company. Android will have much more to offer because many more innovators will be building product for the OS. As to people bringing their own devices to work, Android's market share is growing, while Apple's is shrinking. Also, businesses will increasingly supply tablets to employees, much like they do laptops today. They have no choice, if companies want to maximize the productivity gains. Says the iBoy. What else can we expect from from a fanboy like you...? Lmao

68. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

cool story, gurl

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bad idea, Ford. Should have went with BlackBerry 10.

29. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Some bb fans here used to say that BB were the choice of top 5 mobile manufacture, top 5 oil company, top 5 country, top 5 laundry company, top 5 food company... It turn out one of these company that were claimed to be using bb were fed up with bb, and want to change to something more user friendly.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some BlackBerry trolls (you) can't stand to see BlackBerry do well. They will even go as far as to dismiss the truth and facts and replace them with lies. BlackBerry may have lost Ford, but they gained GERMANY today. I'd say that's a much better trade off, as Germany is fed up with their iPhones extreme LACK OF SECURITY.

39. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Wacky Wahu just continues to troll all day, every day. He's pathetic. A loser. And the biggest troll on PA. This must be Nikolas.Oliver or his buddy.

47. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And Apiskula Ajagtiani Martin Cooper are BB haters.

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