Why You Should Wait for Verizon's iPhone 5

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    Don Reisinger

    | Posted 2011-01-13
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The corporate world has always been a cautious place. Companies are typically loath to change for fear of ruining productivity or investing in technologies that haven't yet been proven. It has worked time and again, and there is a good chance it will continue to work going forward. And yet, speculation abounds that the corporate world will be acquiring the iPhone from Verizon when it's finally made available at the beginning of February. Some say that companies have been waiting to make the switch to the iPhone on Verizon's network, and now that the opportunity has presented itself, they'll jump at it. But perhaps that isn't the best move. The iPhone available to Verizon customers will certainly appeal to consumers. But it hasn't been proven yet in the enterprise. And there is a very real possibility that enterprise customers might not like all that they see in the new device. At this point, just as it has done before, the enterprise should wait for the second-generation Verizon iPhone before opting for the device. Not only will Apple have enough time to get the kinks out, but it will likely benefit companies, as well. Here's why.
1. No Global SupportAs the enterprise becomes more internationally focused, having a device that works overseas is extremely important. However, the Verizon iPhone does not come with GSM chip, which means in the vast majority of countries around the world, users won't be able to place calls. That's a real problem for many enterprise users. And it's undoubtedly a deal-breaker that IT decision-makers must keep in mind.
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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 

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