Apple's iPhone business use is questioned

Users who are dumb enough to put iPhones onto their company network are paying the price, although the tame Apple press appears to be trying to pin the blame on Microsoft.

The unpaid Apple press office went into full spin this week when Amanda Stanton’s iPhone suddenly went black.

Apparently her company had, by accident, wiped her contacts, photos and even the phone’s ability to make calls.

She was furious because although the phone was on the company network it was still hers and the company had controlled her “precious iPhone”. After all that was usually Steve Jobs‘ role in her life.

NPR rushed to blame Microsoft’s Exhange Server software which has had the ability to remote wipe phones for years. What is “worse” is that it apparently gives companies control over peoples’  iPads too.

“All that’s necessary is for the phone’s user to configure it to receive e-mail from a Microsoft Exchange Server,” the magazine hissed.

Once that’s been set up, an IT department has the capability to wipe the phone and turn off functions like Bluetooth, the Web browser and even the phone’s camera.

But as the Imperium points out, there is a long list of various policies and controls  because different organisations want those controls.

If a phone is nicked, the last thing you want is all that company data to fall into the paws of a rival.

The problem is not Microsoft’s for providing the ability, it is companies who bow to Apple fanboys’ demands to put iPhones onto their network.

Apple has been suggesting that its users lean on their companies to replace Blackberries with iPhones and iPads. However, security experts have warned that the faith-based security involved with such gear puts networks at risk.

There have been doubts if the Apple OS can really play ball with corporate networks. The case of Stanton indicates that Apple fanboys have different expectations over what control the company  they work for should have over the phones.