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Special agents in the field to be the first to get new iPhones

RIM’s line of BlackBerry smartphones has long been losing favor among consumers and businesses alike in the United States. Consumers who were once inseparable from their “CrackBerries” are now turning in increasing numbers to Apple’s iPhone or any number of smartphones using Google’s Android operating system.
RIM is now taking flak from the U.S. government, which it has long relied on for much of its business. The latest government agency to move away from BlackBerry smartphones is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The ATF is set to ditch about 3,800 BlackBerry smartphones in a move that should be complete within roughly a year.
The BlackBerries devices will mostly be replaced by Apple iPhones. ATF chief information officer Rick Holgate simply stated, "We’re going to delete the BlackBerry from the mix." He also noted that more than 60 percent of the replacement devices are initially planned to be the iPhone.
This is the second federal agency to ditch the BlackBerry in favor of the Apple smartphone. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is also set to phase out about 3,000 BlackBerry smartphones.
The ATF plans to start the transition in March by replacing roughly 2,400 BlackBerries in use by special agents in the field. The ATF also intends to eliminate about 1,400 BlackBerry devices that other employees use with a mix of other unspecified smart devices. Some of those will likely be replaced with the iPad; a test involving about 200 of those tablets is wrapping up at the ATF now.
Holgate added, "The government has been very comfortable with the BlackBerry model for 10 years. Now we're looking to move beyond that."
Politico reports that right now ATF is prepping its mobile device infrastructure to support the iPhone purchase.
According to Holgate, the BlackBerry infrastructure is too expensive to maintain and that while cost was a reason for moving away from the BlackBerry devices, functionality was the main reason for the move.
“Video streaming, GPS capability, capabilities, the camera … a variety of things,” Holgate said. “Yes, these things exist on BlackBerrys, but in terms of ease of use and adaptability of the devices, the iPhones are the more functional and compelling use case.”

Source: Politico

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Justice Dept
By fic2 on 2/29/2012 11:06:27 AM , Rating: 1
A friend of mine that works for the Justice Dept would love to ditch her Blackberry in favor of an iPhone.

I wish I had a job that provided me with a smartphone. Instead since I don't work for the gov't I actually have to pay for my own service.

RE: Justice Dept
By AMDftw on 2/29/12, Rating: -1
RE: Justice Dept
By shin0bi272 on 2/29/2012 11:25:49 AM , Rating: 2
You'd want to VPN in as well with an iPhone. Since you have to delete emails 1 at a time with it. Try deleting 100 emails an hour like that. Its not fun!

RE: Justice Dept
By messele on 2/29/2012 11:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
You do realise you, choose 'edit', select the emails then click delete from the list view right. Surely you're not deleting from within each individual email?

RE: Justice Dept
By kmmatney on 2/29/2012 2:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
My company gives us an option of buying an iPhone if we want. Since the company pays for the phone contract, we can buy at the contract prices, so for $200 you can have an iPhone with no other costs involved. I was able to sell my old 3GS for more than I paid for it when I upgraded to the 4S.

RE: Justice Dept
By Pirks on 3/1/2012 1:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
The screens are way to small
Your little rat brain is too small to see the big 3.7" screen on the BB Torch 9850 :P

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