Ford ditches BlackBerry for Apple, will deploy 9,300 iPhones among employees

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in iPhone edited August 2014
Apple can now count the Ford Motor Co. among those who are embracing its iOS platform, as the automaker has revealed it will equip more than 9,000 workers with iPhones over the next two years.




A spokeswoman for the company told Bloomberg that Ford will replace 3,300 workers' BlackBerry phones with iPhones by the end of this year. And over the next two years, 6,000 employees will see their "feature" flip phones upgraded to Apple's best selling handset as well.

Ford representative Sara Tatchio said the company plans to get "everyone on iPhones," citing advantages in security and simplicity.

"It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs and a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device," she said.

Ford's announcement comes on the heels of a new partnership between Apple and IBM, in which Big Blue will provide customized services, support and applications for Apple's iPhone and iPad. Apple is hoping the partnership will allow it to capture an even greater share of the enterprise market.

Apple routinely touts the fact that almost all Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iOS devices. But the company also recently revealed that penetration rates among employees in those companies are extremely low.

As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce. But it is another high-profile example of Apple capturing on the decline of former enterprise king BlackBerry.

Those losses are also occurring in the public sector, as the U.S. Air Force announced earlier this year that it would deploy 5,000 Apple iOS devices to replace BlackBerry devices. The Air Force is planning the eventual retirement of all BlackBerry products carried by USAF personnel.
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  • Reply 1 of 68
    dugbugdugbug Posts: 283member
    blackberry stock surges... /jk
  • Reply 2 of 68
    Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".
  • Reply 3 of 68
    But but but Steve Ballmer said it has no keyboard so how are they gonna do email on the iPhone???
  • Reply 4 of 68
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member

    RIM’s down $3.95 today. Hopefully they’ll stay down.

  • Reply 5 of 68
    thomprthompr Posts: 1,511member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sprint3GIssues View Post



    Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".

    Our current policy is "you must leave such devices out of those areas".  I dare say that that policy would remain in place even if iBeacons make it possible to automatically disable cameras.  The sensitive places I work in just don't want these sophisticated devices (especially those with transmitters) anywhere within the confines.  There's just too many ways that automatic disabling could be bypassed.  Best to just not allow the devices in.

  • Reply 6 of 68
    Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.
  • Reply 7 of 68
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,985member
    Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".

    Easily defeated by not having Bluetooth on.
  • Reply 8 of 68
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,716member
    thompr wrote: »
    Our current policy is "you must leave such devices out of those areas".  I dare say that that policy would remain in place even if iBeacons make it possible to automatically disable cameras.  The sensitive places I work in just don't want these sophisticated devices (especially those with transmitters) anywhere within the confines.  There's just too many ways that automatic disabling could be bypassed.  Best to just not allow the devices in.

    Absolutely. If it's a secure area, no mobile devices period.
  • Reply 9 of 68
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    If you work for Blackberry, you better be looking for a new job.
  • Reply 10 of 68
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,716member
    aaplfanboy wrote: »
    Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.

    Ha. Cool. Coolcoolcool.
  • Reply 11 of 68
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Next Blackberry will release a press release stating they are unscathed by this announcement.
  • Reply 12 of 68
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,954member
    "As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce"

    I don't think that's a relevant comparison -- why would ford provide a smartphone to assembly line workers? The relevant number would be the total number of white collar employees.
  • Reply 13 of 68
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    But but but Steve Ballmer said it has no keyboard so how are they gonna do email on the iPhone???

    Man I wish the iPhone had a keyboard, why do company's think that we don't want a physical keyboard anymore.
  • Reply 14 of 68
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    aaplfanboy wrote: »
    Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.

    There is nothing wrong with BlackBery, their new OS 10.3 is very nice. I really don't want to see them go, there isn't many phone manufactures who still produce a mobile with a keyboard. I for one am looking forward to their new Passport and will be the first one in line to buy it when it's released in September. That and the last thing we want is less competition in the mobile world, we need more players not less.
  • Reply 15 of 68
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,313member

    Do I hear crickets chirping from the Android bleacher seats here on AI?

  • Reply 16 of 68
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    jungmark wrote: »
    Ha. Cool. Coolcoolcool.

    Ugh, go away, that's just sick. You do realize that their are human beings with jobs that support their family's behind these company's that you wished destroyed simply because their not Apple. Think before you post and shame on you.
  • Reply 17 of 68
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    lkrupp wrote: »
    Do I hear crickets chirping from the Android bleacher seats here on AI?

    Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?
  • Reply 18 of 68
    almondrocaalmondroca Posts: 179member

    Interesting...Ford dropped Microsoft's SYNC only to adopt Blackberry's QNX operating system for the console. Seems like Ford ditches the worst technology at the moment.

  • Reply 19 of 68
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,985member
    relic wrote: »
    Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?

    C'mon Relic, don't you know that every thread has to have a Android mention regardless of the topic? ;)
  • Reply 20 of 68
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,716member
    relic wrote: »
    Ugh, go away, that's just sick. You do realize that their are human beings with jobs that support their family's behind these company's that you wished destroyed simply because their not Apple. Think before you post and shame on you.

    Relic, I was commenting on "streets ahead". As for wishing ill will, I would never do that.

    Let me ask you something, don't you wish greedy banks and oil companies would go away? Don't people work for those companies?
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