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Dell creates Virtual Smartphone app for Android, iOS phones

Mark Hachman | Sept. 10, 2014
For years, businesses and employees alike have wrestled with the problem of bringing personal phones into the workplace. Now, Dell's enterprise team has created a Virtual Smartphone app that provides secure calls, texts, and apps for Android and iOS alike.

Dell's Virtual Smartphone will be available in October, supporting Android phones running Android 4.0 and above. Dell's app can run on Apple phones running iOS 6 or 7, with support for both iOS 8 and Windows Phone 8 coming soon, Dell executives said.

Virtual Smartphone will be included as part of four separate plans, starting at $19.99 per line per month for up to 1,000 voice minutes with unlimited texts. Users will also have the option of signing up for storage with Box as well as Microsoft's Office 365, both of which will integrate into the Dell app.

In general, both users and administrators should find things to like in Dell's announcement, as it seemingly preserves user and corporate data alike, and adds another option for those wishing to bring their personal devices into the workplace. The catch, of course, is that it's exclusively tied to Dell's services.


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