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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the second government agency to leave BlackBerry this year

BlackBerry maker Research-In-Motion (RIM) has lost two U.S. government agency which used its services, and will now cut the fees it charges for BlackBerry service in an attempt to prevent anyone else from leaving. 

Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it would let go of its BlackBerry servers by June 2012 in an effort to cut costs. And we recently reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is following suit. 

RIM has its own network infrastructure where it can encrypt, compress and direct data to BlackBerry devices through its cellular network. This seemed ideal for the workplace, where BlackBerry phones quickly became popular.

However, fees that RIM charges carriers for the BlackBerry service has put a bit of financial strain and headache on those carriers. Also, competition like Apple's iOS and Google's Android-based smartphones are beginning to be used in the workplace, and offer more user-friendly features as well as improved security features without the added costs of the BlackBerry service. In other words, BlackBerry devices are not the only suitable professional smartphones on the block anymore.


RIM now says it plans to slash the fees it charges carriers for BlackBerry service at some point this year in an effort to save itself from losing anymore customers. It also plans to introduce its BlackBerry 10 smartphones in late 2012 as well as new software called Mobile Fusion, which allows "core enterprise customers" to manage the company's competitors' devices.

RIM was also hit hard last October when BlackBerry customers around the world experienced a service blackout. Customers from the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa had problems with messaging and browsing for four days, which can be detrimental in a workplace.

RIM is clearly beginning to feel the pressure, as RIM shares fell 4.3 percent to $13.20 on Monday afternoon. Since February 2011, RIM has lost 80 percent of its value because of its unimpressive product launches and bleak earnings as well as reduced U.S. market share.

Source: Reuters

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wow so much hate for rim
By MarioJP on 3/6/2012 3:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Suddenly all the anti RIM comes out. I don't think RIM is done for, however they need to pick up the pace on technology. Blackberry will always have a place. The last thing I want is Android, and Apple be the only ones. Google is getting scary with their tracking policies. And Apple can change whatever they please. Today Smartphones tomorrow apps on the cloud??.

RE: wow so much hate for rim
By Zingam on 3/6/2012 3:49:44 PM , Rating: 1
You still have Micro$hit Windows ... ehm... phone?

I'm not a BlackBerry user but I think it must be a good PHONE. While the iPhone is a... toy... An expensive, crappy toy. It is not a phone! The iPhone 4 is such a ridiculous piece of crap that it is unbelievable! It is the worst phone ever! I really love the phrase: "You are holding it wrong!"
I have used Nokias in the last 10 years and it never ever happened to me, any of them to break within an year of the purchase (unlike my sister's iPhone). I have dropped them, I have raped them... I have washed one of them in the washing machine. My colleague replaced the speaker and the screen for $10 and it worked for another couple of years and it doesn't matter how you hold the Nokia it just works! And should I mention that any of these Nokias could stay in standby for two weeks without a recharge?
And if it happens to put your finger on iPhones speaker.... you cannot hear anything! Wow... that's simply amazing! Such a great feature. And that edgy, glassy design is so uncomfortable to hold in hand!
Well, it has nicer icons than my old Nokias thought! :D
But that's what people want obviously: nice icons and stupid games and they don't care if it is any good as a phone.

Any of these new smartphones are in reality idiotic phones :D And they are anything but phones!

RE: wow so much hate for rim
By messele on 3/6/2012 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well it's good to hear that come judgement day all the cockroaches will have plenty of Nokias to go round.

RE: wow so much hate for rim
By ipay on 3/6/2012 4:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
And Wico Redballs!

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