iPhone and Home Depot: Last week, we published an article entitled: More Employees Want an Apple Inc. iPad, iPhone. While it is hard to say how many employers are listening to employees, it is safe to say that Home Depot is one of them. The company recently announced a plan to do away with BlackBerry smartphones in favor of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S.
This story was broke by AppleInsider and is making its way around the internet, piquing the interest of fans of both companies.
Here is a brief excerpt to give you a better idea of where things stand:
“People familiar with the big-box retailer’s plans said the company has already begun the process of abandoning the Blackberry platform for Apple’s iOS, specifically for store managers and all corporate level employees.”
“A representative for the home improvement chain confirmed the news to AppleInsider, saying the move will displace roughly 10,000 Blackberry smartphones.”
As you can see, this is a big change as the home improvement giant is getting rid of approximately 10,000 BlackBerry devices.
A Home Depot representative is quoted in the article with the following:
“We are replacing our current base of BlackBerry technology with iPhones.”
It is important to note that this will not effect the nearly 60,000 Motorola smartphones currently being used in stores. With that being said, it is interesting to wonder if this is a change that could also come in the future.
This is a big win for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), being that Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores throughout the globe. Managers who previously used BlackBerry smartphones will be making the change to the iPhone over the next few weeks.
For more information on just how big of a deal this is for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), here is more information from the same piece:
“Home Depot, which is also the fifth largest retailer in the world, earning $947 million in profit on $18.13 billion in revenue in its most recently reported quarter, is the latest in a series of corporate and regulatory heavyweights to dump the BlackBerry platform that once served as the de facto standard in mobile enterprise technology.”
For enterprise use, BlackBerry used to be the biggest game in town. Now, it appears that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has taken over.
Check back here for more updates on iPhone and Home Depot.
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