As enterprise "bring your own device" (BYOD) programmes continue to become more commonplace, 38 per cent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by research firm Gartner.
Businesses are suffering from poor in-building mobile coverage and capacity and are willing to move to a new mobile operator that can solve this problem and deliver additional managed mobility services to the enterprise, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by small cell vendor SpiderCloud.
T-Mobile USA is bringing its new "Simple Choice" no-contract plans to the B2B market, hoping that its "uncarrier" rebranding effort will also translate into more enterprise sales. The plans are priced from $50 per month to $70 per month and are essentially exactly the same as what T-Mobile offers on the consumer side.
BlackBerry confirmed that all four Tier 1 U.S. carriers will launch the BlackBerry Q10, the company's first BlackBerry 10-based smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard, giving the company a boost of carrier support as it seeks to regain market share in the American market.
BlackBerry denied reports that its new BlackBerry 10 platform has failed to meet security requirements for the British government. The company said that it is working with the UK government to get the new platform fully certified.
AT&T Mobility announced new pricing options for business users on its shared data plans, giving enterprise customers access to larger buckets of data. The action is a response to similar pricing moves for business users by Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA.
BlackBerry said an unnamed "established" partner placed an order for one million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, with shipments starting immediately, and noted that order represents the largest single purchase order in BlackBerry's history.
T-Mobile USA may be a small player in the wireless B2B market, but the company wants to grow its market share significantly this year by focusing on plans that do not gouge enterprise customers on pricing, according to Frank Sickinger, the carrier's senior vice president of B2B. The carrier also plans to offer enterprise customers new products and services.
T-Mobile USA is offering enterprise subscribers up to $200 in credits per line to switch their service over to T-Mobile, part of a wider company effort to strengthen T-Mobile's foothold in the B2B market.
T-Mobile USA is making a major push into the business-to-business market, offering a new unified communications suite for enterprises as well as a device financing program. The beefed up B2B offerings are part of the carrier's broader strategy to expand its presence in the B2B market and challenge Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel.