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Trade of the Day: Ditch the BlackBerry

Mark Gilbert is a Bloomberg View columnist and writes editorials on economics, finance and politics. He was London bureau chief for Bloomberg News and is the author of “Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable.”
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You're still chained to your BlackBerry, checking your e-mails morning, noon and night, because the IT department trusts BlackBerry's corporate security and its server technology, and has for years.

Apple, though, has just put aside decades of rivalry to seal a deal with International Business Machines Corp. designed to persuade IT that iPhones are fit for business use. According to John Butler and Matthew Kanterman of Bloomberg Industries:

A key selling point for BlackBerry historically was its secure network and mobile management. With Apple entering the market, it may further weigh on BlackBerry's smartphone shipments.

So the Trade of the Day is to ditch your BlackBerry -- and get ready for life with an iPhone virtual keyboard.

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Mark Gilbert at magilbert@bloomberg.net

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James Greiff at jgreiff@bloomberg.net