Choosing mobile handsets that keep the increasingly pushy and tech savvy user base in the organisation happy – without destroying the hard work put in to keep networks and data secure – is one of the most emotive issues we've had to deal with in this month's Mobile Clinic. Fortunately, we once again have the old industry sages …
Logic is great...
... but when it comes to establishing power within the organisation, nothing says "I'm the dog's bollocks" like an iPhone.
<tounge in cheek>
Nothing says "I'm a twat that can't use a normal phone UI, so i've brown tounged my way into persuding my IT department into letting me have a phone with bugger all features for us simple folk" like an iPhone!
</tounge in cheek>
To Steven Hewitt
So the IT department said no to your iphone request did they?
My head is buzzing
Gah ! Am I really supposed to think about all these things when I choose a mobile phone ? Heaven help me, I thought I just needed to choose a phone, it turns out that they want me to choose a mobile office.
Well I won't do that. For me a phone is for phoning. My email and Internet needs I quarantine to my PC, thank you very much - the last thing I want is to be pestered everywhere I am by email. I'm not a crackberry addict.
I choose my phone for connectivity to the network and battery life, nothing more. A phone is a phone. I don't need it for anything else than phoning. For the rest, I have other, reliable tools.
For our company...
management got crackberries, field service got windows mobile pda-s and "they need voice only" users got sony-ericsson walkman phones. :-)