updated 02:55 pm EST, Thu January 17, 2008
iPhone & business accounts
AT&T will soon announce the acceptance of iPhones under corporate and business accounts, an anonymous source claims. The announcement is expected to happen on January 21st, and already has some rumored details: among these is the continuity of corporate discounts, which may serve to lure in a number of customers. There may however be some restrictions, such as having a data plan at or above $25 a month. It is also said that there will be no equipment discounts, and buyers will have to run through a pre-activation process before the normal one in iTunes.
If true, the announcement may help ease the iPhone into business circles, where it has met fading resistance since launch. Initial concerns revolved around the security of the device, but the major obstacle is now seen to be compatibility with Microsoft's dominant mail technology, namely Exchange Server and Outlook. Aside from being used by many corporations, Exchange is also capable of delivering "push" e-mail, meaning its users do not have to check for messages manually. [via Boy Genius Report]