The Apple iPhone is now officially the most popular smartphone among mobile workers, according to the latest iPass Mobile Workforce Report.
The BlackBerry by Research in Motion has traditionally come out tops with people working away from the office, but the new figures show that the iPhone is as much a business phone as it is a leisure phone.
The survey found that 45 per cent of the mobile workers questioned said the iPhone was their preferred smartphone, compared with 32 per cent who are sticking to Blackberrys. Google Android smartphones are beginning to make more of a significant contribution to mobile workforce technology, preferred by 21 per cent of those asked.
Last year only 85 per cent of those who work away from the office, such as field engineers, for example, owned a smartphone. This has now risen to 95 per cent, with 91 per cent using the devices for work, compared with just 65 per cent in 2010.
The report stated, ‘Today’s mobile employees are critical to the success of every enterprise, contributing 240 more work hours a year than their non-mobile counterparts. Connectivity is essential because work is no longer where you go but what you do.’