Apple iPhone Unseats BlackBerry as Top Enterprise Smartphone (AAPL) (RIMM) (NOK)

November 16, 2011 7:04 AM EST
New data Wednesday suggests enterprises may no longer be turning to BlackBerry devices for business needs, and are now looking to a new solution instead.

According to a release from iPass, Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone has unseated Research In Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM) BlackBerry as the "top smartphone among mobile employees with 45 percent market share, and overall business smartphone usage has increased to 91 percent" in the third quarter.

One key fact iPass points out is "BlackBerry market share declined slightly from 35 percent in 2010 to 32 percent today, while Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android nearly doubled market share year over year, growing into the number three spot (surpassing Nokia/Symbian (NYSE: NOK)) with 21 percent market share."

And, "Tablet ownership has grown to 44 percent of mobile employees, up from 33 percent in second quarter of 2011."

iPass believes there is a special connection between employees and their smartphones, stating, "The Mobile Workforce Report also found the saturation of mobile devices has led to a hyperconnected workforce that is sacrificing sleep and exercise for their jobs. One in three mobile employees claimed that they sleep less due to work and one in four mobile employees sleeps less than six hours a night. More than half reported that they exercise erratically or not at all -- 60 percent attributed lack of exercise to work. The report also found that mobile employees are emotionally attached to their smartphones -- 59 percent would feel disoriented, distraught or lonely if they were without a smartphone for even a week."

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