Rumor: HSBC Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone 3G?

iPhone MobileMe Kills Crackberry Dead

"Hello, Apple? HSBC here. World's largest company, maybe you've heard of us? Good, yeah, we'd like to place an order for the iPhone... How many? How about 200,000 for starters, b'okay?"

Sure, maybe the call won't go exactly like that, but ZDNet Australia (via MacRumors) is claiming the call may just be coming. Says HSBC's Australia and New Zealand chief information officer, Brenton Hush:

We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective ... and when I say that, I mean globally."

Will the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp. really quit the Crackberry for a container truck (or ten) of Cupertino's finest? Only time will tell, but one thing's for certain: if RIM honcho Mike Lazaridis was feeling pressure from the iPhone 3G before, this type of rumor must certainly be turning it up a couple gravitational field levels...

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Rumor: HSBC Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone 3G?

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If they buy just one iPhone they will stick to the Blackberry I bet. iPhone 3G is the most unstable device I have ever owned, I have had Nokia, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry and I am not a fan of any of them. But after owning an iPhone 3G since launch day and having nothing but problems, it is clear the iPhone is NOT al all ready for business.
I am on my third iPhone and have an appointment today to get help from the one that crashed they gave me yesterday. The iPhone has a very long way to go to win business customers in any number.