US agency dumps BlackBerry, chooses iPhone

Nov 21, 2012
A US government agency has decided to buy iPhones for its employees, dumping its BlackBerry smartphones, citing their unreliability.

A US government agency has decided to buy iPhones for its employees, dumping its BlackBerry smartphones, citing their unreliability.

The said in a public notice last week it would be contracting with for the , saying it is the "only device" that meets the agency's needs.

The iPhones will have an additional benefit of compatibility with tablets used by the agency.

The Apple iPhones "will replace the NTSB's existing BlackBerry devices, which have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate," the agency said in its notice.

"The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations."

The announcement is more bad news for Canadian-owned Research in Motion, which makes the BlackBerry and has been traditionally dominant in US government agencies, but has been losing ground to Apple and to smartphones using the Google-backed Android system.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon ended its exclusive deal with RIM to supply its vast workforce with BlackBerry smartphones.

Another government agency, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, also said it was dropping the Blackberry device altogether in favor of Apple's iPhone.

The US military and intelligence agencies have long preferred the Blackberry due to security concerns and had worried that Apple, Android and other smartphones lacked sufficient safeguards.

RIM is set to unveil its new BlackBerry 10 platform, aimed at better competing with Apple and others, on January 30.

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Simonsez
not rated yet Nov 21, 2012
It figures the ever-thrifty U.S. government would select the most expensive product available over a similarly useful and less expensive version that utilizes universal adapters. In suing Samsung over the Galaxy S3 for "copying" their iPhone design, Apple essentially indicated their belief that the S3 is an equal product.
VendicarD
not rated yet Nov 22, 2012
60 more days until BB10.

Isn't that 2 whole Iphone generations?