How does corporate/Exchange sync work on iPhone?
I am switching from Blackberry to iPhone (my employer supports both, as long as you bring your own device) and have a few questions.
A couple of weeks ago, while using my personal Blackberry for work email, I noticed something disturbing. My phone was bricked for an unknown reason. IT was able to return it to factory state, wiped the device, and I returned it to the store for an exchange.
I came back and set up the replacement Blackberry, synced it to my corporate Exchange profile, and all of a sudden all the data from my old phone came back, including ALL my SMS and MMS messages, call logs, and even wallpaper and alarm settings. I was NOT using Blackberry Protect, so I suspect that EVERYTHING in my phone was synced to my Exchange profile, including my personal data. The IT guys claims that only work-related stuff is synced, but that's clearly incorrect, as I saw all the data resurrect on a brand new phone.
I am now getting an iPhone and will have corporate email installed on it. My question is whether IT will be able to do the same thing and sync things other than corporate email to my Exchange profile. I am very disturbed by the fact that my texts and MMS were stored on some company machine as a backup somewhere. Is this stuff possible with iOS? I really hope iOS corporate services are not as intrusive as BES, and that's one of the reasons I'm swapping for an iPhone.
Anyone with in-depth knowledge of corporate email (especially former Blackberry users), I would love to hear your take.