The hype around Apple\u2019s iPhone is dizzying. As the iPhone makes its debut, we\u2019re going to stay grounded and seek answers to this question: Will it infiltrate corporate America? To understand why it won't, read on. To\n scan a list of reasons why it very well could, see here. After\n reading both lists, tell us what you think is going to happen\n to the iPhone and the enterprise\u2014a marriage made in\n heaven or a disaster waiting to happen?\n More on\n iPhone\n \n See: Five Reasons the iPhone Will Infiltrate Your Business\nA Brief Pre-Release History of the Apple iPhone\n\nWhy Apple iAnything Is a Non-Issue for CIOs and Corporate America\n \n Why the iPhone Is the Single Most Important Thing to Happen to CIOs This Year\n \n \n\n \n \u00a0\n \n \n\n 1. The Cost\n For those cost-conscious CIOs who love a good deal (meaning:\n deep discounts for bulk purchases), that\u2019s not going to\n happen with the iPhone. AT&T is not offering any kind of\n discount on the device. On Tuesday, Apple and AT&T\n announced announced that charge-by-the month plans\n start at $59.99 (for 450 minutes) and run up to $99.99 (for\n 1,350).A recent IDC survey found that just 10 percent of\n users researching their next cell phone purchase were OK\n with paying the full price for the iPhone and inking a\n two-year contract with AT&T.In addition, many analysts and pundits have pointed out that\n there may be plenty of bugs and problems with iPhone 1.0, and\n that could turn many people off. "I am the quintessential early\n adopter, and I\u2019m not doing it anymore," says Richard\n LeVine, a security and risk expert for mobile devices at\n Accenture. LeVine says he bought a Suzuki Sidekick when it\n first came out, but adds, "I\u2019m not buying a first-gen V1\n iPhone." He\u2019s a huge Apple fan (he bought a\n first-generation iPod), but with the iPhone, "I expect firmware\n and patch releases and bug fixes." So he\u2019s going to wait\n on the iPhone. In addition, he claims like many others that he\n doesn\u2019t like iPhone\u2019s touch screen because he\n "wants a phone with physical buttons."\n\n 2. Apple\u2019s Never Been\n Enterprise-Driven\n The BlackBerry\u2019s turf is mobile corporate users. RIM has\n more than 8 million CrackBerry fanatics right now, and\n that\u2019s going to be tough to crack. Even more difficult\n for Apple is the fact that RIM recently delivered new devices\n with more multimedia capabilities\u2014the Curve and the\n Pearl\u2014that work just like other "corporatized"\n BlackBerrys.Apple-related products (Macs) are usually just too different\n and too expensive for most companies. The iPhone runs the Mac\n OS, and according to a report on the iPhone from Jack Gold,\n founder and principal analyst at researcher J. Gold Associates,\n "this is a major constraint, since few third-party application\n vendors (for example, Good Technologies for a push e-mail\n client) run on the Mac."Lastly, the iPhone can't edit Microsoft Office documents and\n there are issues with Windows Outlook or Lotus Notes e-mail\n applications, which the iPhone doesn\u2019t support right now.\n (But, really, who even uses those anymore?)\n\n 3. Security Issues (and that Glass Touch\n Screen!)\n There\u2019s been a lot made of security vulnerabilities and\n the fact that the iPhone is just another new and untested\n device that falls in a long line of mobile devices users would\n like to hook into CIOs\u2019 networks. In a recent\n Computerworld article, Andrew Storms, director of\n security operations at nCircle Network Security, called the\n iPhone "a nightmare for security teams. What I'm afraid of\n is that enterprises are going to get pressure from, say,\n sales, to bring this in. And even if it's not approved,\n people will try to connect it to their corporate networks.\n It has no place in the enterprise."According to the article, Storms\u2019 issue with the\n iPhone is the lack of a security management tool that could\n enforce enterprise policies about which devices connect to the\n network. "There are no central management tools. If there was a\n product that integrated with [Mac] OS X Server, it would be a\n totally different story," said Storms in the article. "Apple\n has been quiet about enterprise security, so we have to expect\n and plan for the worst."And what about that glass touch screen? Indeed, the iPhone\n is beautiful, like a delicate piece of china. However, we all\n know what happens to a delicate piece of china when you drop\n it. As a recent report from CurrentAnalysis points out, "A\n hardened glass screen may be durable\u2014Motorola is also\n using glass on its RAZR2 product\u2014but it sure sounds like\n something that ought to crack. The commentary on gadget\n enthusiast sites is already replete with jeering critics\n cheering the expected rash of smashed screens. Sure, most of\n these people aren't materials scientists\u2014some are\n probably 12 years old\u2014but \u2018glass breaks\u2019 is a\n message Apple will have to overcome." (To see a video spoof as\n an example of the potential "fingerprint smudge problem, go\n here.)\n\n 4. Enterprises Aren\u2019t Huge Fans of Multimedia\n Devices\u2014Yet\n Although this trend is starting to change, CIOs and security\n chiefs are still hesitant to allow mobile devices that have\n these newer capabilities on the network (or even in the\n building: the digital camera feature is Exhibit A). So just how\n important is it that a company pay for its sales staff have MP3\n or video players on their mobile devices?According to a 2007 report from In-Stat, few of the more\n than 800 respondents to a mobile handset survey who did not own\n a multimedia handset had any desire to purchase one. In\n addition, In-Stat analyst Bill Hughes says that while there has\n been a recent increase in the number of multimedia devices sold\n in the United States, "the growth in multimedia handsets has\n more to do with operators pushing multimedia handsets to the\n market, rather than a strong desire by consumers to adopt\n multimedia handsets or use multimedia services." For example,\n he found that more than 80 percent of users with handsets that\n have these capabilities rarely, if ever, use the features.And when compared with the rest of the world\u2014Japan,\n India, South Korea and most of Europe\u2014the United States\n has historically lagged in utilizing mobile devices for\n anything more than making phone calls or checking e-mail. "I\n hesitate to call the U.S. a laggard, but it\u2019s a different\n cultural environment," Hughes adds.As to the iPhone\u2019s success, Hughes hedges a bit. "I\n believe the iPhone will be moderately successful," he says,\n "but I don\u2019t believe they\u2019ll get 1 percent of the\n phone market."\n\n 5. Carrier, Content and Network Issues\n From a historical viewpoint, there\u2019s been a lot of\n frustration with wireless carriers\u2014and most businesses\n have been reluctant to partner with the carriers to develop\n mobile solutions.Most of the frustration with carriers stems from three\n areas: inconsistent networking standards among competitors, the\n two-year customer lock-in agreement, and the slower speeds on\n those networks. "The mobile networks are incredibly bad quality\n in the United States compared with Europe and the more advanced\n countries in Asia," says Web usability expert Jakob Nielsen, a\n principal of the Nielsen Norman Group.Verizon Wireless\u2019s launch of its EV-DO (or\n Evolution-Data Optimized) 3G service last year has certainly\n helped spur growth in the consumer realm, but enterprises still\n aren\u2019t sold. And because AT&T is the exclusive\n wireless carrier of the iPhone, there\u2019s been much\n grumbling about the two-year contract and the fact that the\n iPhone will run on AT&T\u2019s EDGE-based data network,\n which many analysts point out has slower speeds than 3G and has\n been called ancient by some. "The bigger problem is the\n AT&T network," writes Pogue in his iPhone review. "In a\n Consumer Reports study, AT&T\u2019s signal ranked\n either last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major cities. My\n tests in five states bear this out. If Verizon\u2019s slogan\n is, 'Can you hear me now?' AT&T's should be, 'I'm losing\n you.'"Nielsen says that while the iPhone "is a nice piece of\n hardware, in most of the United States it\u2019s not going to\n work," he says. "Have you seen the coverage map?\u201d He also\n points to one fact which the iPhone won't be able to gloss over\n with it's pretty interface and bells and whistles\u2014the\n pervasiveness of "dead zones" in U.S. mobile coverage areas and\n dropped calls. "Even now, with just making a cell phone call,\n we don\u2019t have a stable resource," Nielsen says. "And that\n one thing explains it all."