Will new iPhone in 2010 increase business users?

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A story by Sinead Carew from Reuters is reporting that AT&T are claiming that 40 percent of its iPhone sales since the start of the year are to business users. But we are asking if the new iPhone 2010 will increase business users further?

AT&T would not say exactly how many iPhones they have sold since 2007, but estimates are about 15 million. This works out at approximately 17% of their customer base.

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A comment from a reader on the page of the story has said “The numbers provided by AT&T are a hoax”. They go on to say that to be eligible for a discount they have to provide a corporate email address to AT&T; this gets them a 7% discount from the iPhone plan. Being part of this plan automatically classes them as a business customer.

The reader goes on to say that their company does not allow iPhones as they do not pass corporate security guidelines, and knows of other people who work for companies such as Goldman Sachs and IBM who are in the same situation.

We cannot claim these figures are a hoax, but what do you think about the claim, and will the new iPhone increase business customers?