Some of the most surprising results from the 2012 Tech Survey came from a deeper dive into smartphone use patterns of our readers. Because some readers own one phone for business and one for personal use, we asked specifically about use of phones for business purposes.
Overall, 13% of readers told us they still use a BlackBerry. Independent RIAs are right on the average here, with independent affiliates and CPAs who also do planning falling noticeably below average. On the other hand, bank-affiliated advisors and employees of broker-dealers are at least twice as likely as the average advisor to own a BlackBerry. Insurance reps also indicated above-average BlackBerry usage. We've long suspected that these groups would be the last to give up their BlackBerrys, because many larger enterprises dictate the device that employees must use. It also confirms our suspicion that BlackBerry's share will fall further when these corporate contracts expire and the enterprises consider alternatives.
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