When you combine these two headlines: Bank of America and Citigroup Consider Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone and Dell to Offer Its Employees Venue Pros Instead of BlackBerrys, things are starting to look awful bad for the Waterloo, Ontario based (get the play on words in the headline now?) smartphone maker.
I mean seriously we already knew about how the iPhone and Android have been eating away at RIM’s once-dominant position in the corporate world, and now by most reports, Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform seems to have legs and seems to be pretty easy to develop for. The sledding is getting tougher. But that’s not the worst part.
Time and again the Blackberry’s keyboard and Microsoft Exchange integration and security have been listed as the top features. But in a gesture and app world, the keyboard is losing its relevancy. And if companies like BofA and Citi — banks for God’s sake! Who’s more conservative than that! — can get comfy with the iPhone’s Exchange integration and security, you can expect to see the momentum for enterprise adoption of iPhone and Android pick up and Blackberry sales nosedive.
It seems like it will be a long, cold winter in the Great White North.