AT&T Has A Way To Work And Play On The Same Smartphone

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AT&T just announced Toggle, a new service that will enable corporate Android phone users to carry just one phone for work and play.The “work” mode can be easily switched on and off using a widget that allows the user to use corporate email and apps in a secure environment.

Toggle debuts later this year on Android, but what about on iPhone?

93% of Fortune 500 companies are testing iPhones, Tim Cook mentioned the other day, but these companies are left with workaround solutions and slow (but secure) email apps to secure the devices.

We asked an AT&T representative about whether Toggle would find its way to iPhone. He responded, “Yes, we’re working to expand this functionality to other leading operating systems and devices.”

Toggle works like this: “in work mode, users can access corporate email, applications, calendars and more with business-proprietary data stored in the cloud rather than on the device.”

While at the same time, “personal data, messages, applications, even desktop photos, are inaccessible to employers.”

But, IT supervisors can push applications to the secure side of your device, as well as remote wipe it in case of theft.

Some of these features are available on company-deployed iPhones, but not all of them.

And Toggle isn’t as great as the idea of using two SIM cards in one phone, but it’s something. There won’t be an option to swap between two phone numbers concurrently.

This is more bad news for Blackberry. Enterprise features are pretty much all it has left.

Toggle will be available by the end of 2011, and can be deployed on Android smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher.

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