Apple's iPhone Goes Enterprise

As with AT&T's commercial use plans, users must sign two-year contracts to use any of the iPhone Enterprise plans which include visual voicemail, data transfer for email and Web browsing and text messages.

The Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone 200 comes with 200 text messages for $45 per month. The Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone 1500 comes with 1,500 text messages for $55 and the plan with unlimited messaging costs $65.

The enterprise plans cost $25 more than AT&T's residential data plans, but until March 31, the company is offering a discount for enterprise users until Dec. 31, 2008.

Like residential users, enterprise users can activate their iPhones via Apple's iTunes media software.

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The move came after an Associated Press report last week announced that IBM would be announcing that its Lotus Notes email platform would begin to offer iPhone support, but IBM did not make that announcement at its Lotusphere conference earlier this week.

The iPhone has been widely criticized for lacking business application support and for being incompatible with Microsoft's Exchange email system and for being closed to developers looking to create applications for the iPhone. Apple has announced that it is releasing a software developers' kit next month, but has yet to address Exchange compatibility.