iPhone Holding Fast Among Business Professionals, Intermedia Study Says

Apple Computer Inc.'s iPhone still commands a strong position in business accounts contrary to a spate of reports that show it rapidly losing ground, and in some cases, being eclipsed by devices based on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, according to a study by Intermedia.net Inc., a provider of business communication services.

Intermedia, which manages 320,000 hosted Microsoft Exchange email accounts, said that it examined the number of ActiveSync-equipped smartphones activated by its customers and found that 61 percent elected for the iPhone compared to 17 percent for Android-based units. The remaining 22 percent opted either for Palm, Symbian- or Windows-based smartphones.

ActiveSync is Microsoft's technology for mobile data synchronization. Hosted Blackberry devices were not included in Intermedia's study.

The company said that its investigation also showed that 99.8 percent of its customers preferred Apple's iPad over other tablets such as Samsung's Galaxy or Motorola's Xoom. Intermedia said that its sampling also pointed to the impending wave of tablets--about 300 new iPads are ActiveSync activated on average in any one month but in March the company recorded 900 and another 1,200 units in April.

"Professionals want to sync and manage their business email, contacts, and calendars across their computers, smartphones, and tablets," said Jonathan McCormick, Intermedia chief operating officer.  "They also want to use the brands of their choice," he said. 

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