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Long Live iPhone, King of the Enterprise

A recently conducted survey claims that the iPhone has dethroned the long-reigning king of enterprise, the BlackBerry, for business use.

iPass polled over 2,300 enterprise workers for their quarterly Mobile Workforce Report, and found that the iPhone now makes up 45 percent of phones used by mobile workers. This is up from 31 percent in 2010.

The BlackBerry, which was for years the preferred handset of the enterprise user, has fallen to second place. It now makes up a 32.2 percent portion of the mobile worker market, and is down from 34.5 percent. According to iPass, this doesn't necessarily mean that the BlackBerry is losing its place in the sector, rather it's a testament to just how quickly the rivals are growing in popularity.

RIM’s Blackberry is losing share to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android-based handsets

Google’s Android Platform is also seeing significant growth. It’s up from 11.3 percent to 21.3, nearly doubling from 2010 and placing Nokia at fourth place with 7.4 percent of the market. Just last year, Android made up 11.3 percent and Nokia was topping it at 12.4.

As for overall smartphone use, 95 percent of mobile workers currently carry smartphones. This is a 10 percent jump from 2010, when 85 percent of mobile workers carried smartphones. Of those, 91 percent use their smartphone for work which is up significantly from 2010’s 69 percent.

Perhaps unexpected, is that 58 percent of companies provision smartphones to their employees. This is actually down from roughly two-thirds of companies just a year ago. This is likely because 42 percent of employees already carry smartphones, purchasing and paying for their own handsets. iPass says it’s part of a growing trend as companies loosen their grips on liability and allow employees to carry their own smartphones, with their own liabilities.

According to iPass, the iPhone will continue to capture market share as we head into 2012

iPass also predicts that the iPhone will continue to lead into 2012, leaving the Android and Windows Mobile platforms far behind as second and third, respectively.

You can read the full iPass survey here.

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