AT&T introduced its first enterprise iPhone voice and data plans, positioning the device as a corporate productivity tool. The move also coincides with unconfirmed reports that IBM is planning to add iPhone support to its Lotus Notes enterprise messaging system--an official announcement is said to be forthcoming during this week's Lotusphere trade show in Orlando. While AT&T's consumer iPhone plans combine voice and data under one fee, the new enterprise plans split billing in two--enterprise data packages begin at $45 per month for 200 text messages, $55 a month for 1,500 text messages and $65 for unlimited texting. All three plans bundle unlimited domestic data access via AT&T's EDGE network.
The iPhone's move into the enterprise would seem to portend a series of new applications and features based on corporate user feedback. Ars Technica notes that the AT&T iPhone enterprise product page promises users the ability to "Sync contacts from your PC, Mac or Internet service," even though the iPhone currently supports Exchange over IMAP exclusively for email.
For more on the enterprise iPhone plans:
-read this Ars Technica article
Apple working on third-party iPhone applications?
Apple at work on touch-screen PDA
Rumor: iPhone upgrades imminent
Hacking your iPhone: Windows users