Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan Chase, the second-largest U.S. bank, with 220,000 employees worldwide, may soon allow employees to use the Apple iPhone for corporate e-mail as an alternative for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry. The report said that the bank is testing the iPhone as well as smartphones runs with Google’s Android OS.
The report also notes that UBS, the largest Swiss bank, with more than 63,000 employees, is also considering allowing its employees to use iPhones for the company e-mail. Last May, U.K.-based Standard Chartered Bank decided to switch to iPhones from the BlackBerry, with 15,000 phones to be distributed by year end.
“This phenomenon is very new, and we expect it to put increased pressure on RIM’s performance,” Pierre Ferragu, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd told Bloomberg News. “BlackBerry isn’t the only alternative to offer employees mobile e-mail.”
Both Apple and Google Android Smartphones dominated the mobile phone industry since launching but the bulk of their success has come from consumer customers.