CC picks BlackBerry over iPhone with deal for 1,600 new devices

Clifford Chance (CC) has bought 1,600 new BlackBerry devices for its staff, in a key deal for the tech company in the face of growing competition from Apple’s iPhone, reports Legal Week sister title V3.

The deal will see CC’s employees around the world given the new Q10 and Z10 devices from the summer in a rollout that underlines that while BlackBerry faces a tougher market than it did in the past, it remains a strong player for enterprise use.

CC chief information officer Paul Greenwood said the firm had picked BlackBerry for a number of reasons, including the “security, manageability and productivity for email” of the devices, and user feedback also favoured the device over rivals such as the iPhone.

“We did pilots of productivity with different devices and there remains a strong preference from many people for a hard keyboard,” he told V3.

Greenwood also told V3 he thought the BB10 operating system update from BlackBerry is a “big improvement and the right direction” from the firm.

Although BlackBerry will remain the firm’s corporate device for staff, CC is also moving to embrace the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend to meet this demand from its staff, Greenwood explained.

“We do allow BYOD and we have a growing variety of devices in the firm, but BlackBerry will remain our standard firm-issued device,” he said.

“We do however allow email on other devices where there is a preference for those [other devices].”

BlackBerry will be hoping the contract win proves to other law firms it is worth investing in the firm’s devices and platform despite increased competition from Apple, Microsoft with its Windows Phone offerings and even Android with Samsung touting services like Knox for business use.

A version of this article first appeared on Legal Week sister title V3.