Report: Home Depot picks the Apple iPhone 4S for 10,000 managers, to replace BlackBerry
posted by Alan F. / Feb 10, 2013, 1:22 AM
The Apple iPhone 4S model will not yet replace the 60,000 rugged Motorola models used on the floor of the store by employees for POS, walkie-talkie and telephony operations. What will be replaced is the BlackBerry model owned by store managers at the 2,252 Home Depot retail units in the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico. The company is the fifth largest retailer in the world.
warm glow of its record setting launch of the BlackBerry Z10 in the U.K. and Canada last week. And even when things seemed bad for BlackBerry, there was a surprise ending. Back in December, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), which had originally announced that its 17,600 members were switching to the Apple iPhone and dropping their current BlackBerry model in a $2.1 million deal for Apple, had decided to give BlackBerry one more try and test BlackBerry 10 this year. But alas, there seems to be no such reprieve for BlackBerry with Home Depot.
This has to be a disappointment to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins who had hoped that the new BlackBerry 10 OS would allow it to keep some of its current enterprise business while winning new jobs.
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Well, yeah. Who doesn't go with the time, has to go with the time.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:31 AM 7
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Home Depot WERE making a BIG mistake. They should opt for Android instead of Guarded Garden of Apple iOS. Nevertheless, congratulation to Home Depot employee for finally moving away from past.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 3:52 AM 7
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As a service provider for HD, they made the decision strictly on price. It had nothing to do with what Apple could do and Android couldn't. This adoption is preliminary and have very seriously considered Android due to the ability of NFC, Bluetooth transfer and the overall universal adaptation of the open platform. They also favor the larger screen offered by Android. HD has expressed that they are open to what will make it easier for their associates to create a better shopping experience while maintaining a link to corporate offices. So, while they have ditched Blackberry, they could also ditch Apple. John B.
posted on Feb 11, 2013, 7:29 AM 0
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i will prefer note II for company works....
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 7:40 AM 5
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First off the iPhone destroys any Blackberry and probably any future Blackberry. As for why not Android, it may have to do with security measures. The iPhone isn't as secure as Blackberry but far more secure than Android. Not to mention they maybe rolling out iOS apps for the Managers.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 8:29 AM 1
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IOS is the least secure of the major 4 mobile OSes. The military uses Androids, the president of the US uses a BlackBerry, and several government agencies (NSA, FBI, CIA, and a few others) use a mix of BlackBerries, Androids, and Windows Phones. I'll grant that ios can be modified to be more secure than it is out of the box, but each software update Indies that work.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 9:54 AM 5
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iOS is less secure that's why the US Air Force, TSA, & NTSB all switched to iOS. GTFO. http://www.forbes.com/sites/sa
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:30 PM 0
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When the iPhone isn't Jailbroken it is far more secure than Android. Aslong as they aren't jailbreaking it, then it is far more secure than Android friend. You can argue but many techs have compared them and the majority believe ios to be more secure.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:16 PM 0
Home depot has made a smart decision to keep the company grow :)
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:51 AM 9
Going with the best brand on the market is a very smart decision.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 9:40 AM 1
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Well... even big companies can make mistakes.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:58 AM 11
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Most of them will sell it and get their beautiful droids! with all the list of bugs and issues on IOS this company will go downhill
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 2:46 AM 4
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Ummmm, you're joking, right? Android as a platform, does not have more bugs than iOS. Not to mention, when was the last time iOS went though a new year worry free? If you want to point to a specific phone, then you might have a point. But as a whole ecosystem, android is far superior and secure. Heck, look at the encryption that moto uses? and I'm not even a moto fan. Your comment reeks of fanboy.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 10:25 AM 5
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I now became a Home Depot buyer
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 2:09 AM 10
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Seriously. You'd make decision on where to buy just because they use the phone you like? Wow, thats sad. OK then, I'll stop buying from Home Depot and cancel you out. (Not really, just illustrating how pathetic that is)
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 12:44 PM 0
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From the post: "This is a double black-eye for BlackBerry because ...we [can] assume that the Apple iPhone 4S, an older model, beat out the new BlackBerry Z10" That's a very weak assumption and clearly you've never gone through a sourcing project. The bulk of the decision-making exercise would have taken place at a time when the new BB's were still in development. What manager would go with an unproven product, particularly given then-RIM's recent offerings? At least the 4S has a track record on which a manager could base a defensible decision.
posted on Feb 10, 2013, 2:27 AM 11
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