Reports say that the HSBC bank could dump its Blackberrys for 200,000 Apple iPhone mobile phones as its standard mobile device.
"We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective...and when I say that, I mean globally," Brenton Hush, HSBC's Australia and New Zealand chief information officer, told the ZDNet.com.au website. "A decision on a piece of hardware like that would potentially be deployed, conservatively, to 200,000 people. You know, it's a big decision, especially when you have an existing fleet out there. But it's definitely something we are considering from a HSBC Group perspective," he said. "We always explore the potential application of new technologies, and this is no different."
The bank has an international staff of 300,000. A move from Blackberry to iPhone (which now feature more corporate-friendly tools and platforms) would be a major blow for RIM, if the proposed move does, in fact, occur.
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