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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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RE: Stupid move
By retrospooty on 3/6/2012 3:16:58 PM , Rating: 1
"retro has no knowledge of basic facts about things like BBM, so don't expect lots of smart thoughts about RIM from him"

Actually, what I stated was true, and as for first hand knowledge, I am a network admin at a company that has a BES. It is actually part of my job to deal with it... Its being phased out. As users 2 year contracts are up, they get to choose their own phone. No-one is taking Blackberry.

Your just bent because you are backing a loser and have made way too much of an ass of yourself on the subject to back down now.

How's RIM doing lately? Stock at yrt another new alltime low, and RIM announced they wont be making thier already lowered sales expectations this quarter.

RE: Stupid move
By Pirks on 3/6/2012 3:21:43 PM , Rating: 1
what I stated was true
Your old BS about BBM being introduced in 2009 or so is as far from truth as it gets.

RE: Stupid move
By retrospooty on 3/6/2012 3:36:40 PM , Rating: 1
Ya, I had the date wrong on an irrelevant product that I dont use. What of it? how does that effect antything in this article?

Here is what is going on at RIM.

When the quartlies come out at the end of this month it will be undeniable. Global drop in sales in and industry that is booming at an extraordinary rate.

Insults aside, this is really whats happening. The sales #'s alone wouldnt be an issue large enough to kill RIMM. RIMM has the sales to make profit and could stay afloat with some downsizing IF they werent so big. IF RIM were always the same size it would be OK, but since RIM was huge and many investors are losing too much money when the stock drops to less than 1 11th its previous value, they need to get thier money out.

Because of that RIM cant stagnate for anotehr year. They will be forced to sell it off so the investors get some amount of $$$ back. You watch. By 2012 there wont be a RIM, at least not an independant company called RIMM.

RE: Stupid move
By retrospooty on 3/6/2012 3:38:04 PM , Rating: 2
bah, bad typing. By the end of 2012 , RIM will be sold.

RE: Stupid move
By omnicronx on 3/6/2012 3:38:38 PM , Rating: 1
I'll be watching.. Watching RIM sell off their hardware assets and become a service-based company whose main product will be.. can you guess?? BES related services..

RE: Stupid move
By retrospooty on 3/6/2012 3:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
That is very possible. Or they could just sell off the patents and IP to another company, MS, Samsung, Google, someone with deep pockets that can use the IP. Either way, RIM cant continue as they are.

RE: Stupid move
By omnicronx on 3/6/2012 3:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think we can both agree that RIM will not be the company it is today ;)

RE: Stupid move
By Pirks on 3/6/2012 4:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Could be said about any company though. Apple won't be the same, MS too. So what?

RE: Stupid move
By jimbojimbo on 3/6/2012 8:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a big fan of BB but if you manage the company's BES you ought to be canned.

First off the BES not only gives you contacts, email, and calendar you also get tasks and notes which no phone right now, except Windows Mobile 6.x, has natively. That's a big thing.

Also, you forget the service provider towards the end of your flow. This makes things worse but I just wanted to mention it because it directly supports your argument yet you forgot it which is a major hop in the transport of information from BES to BB. This just shows you don't know anything.

Me, I manage Exchange and BES. Most companies know that they can use the "bring your device" strategy to hire and retain employees so user demand is in a way determining our policies. I'd say within another year we'll be almost completely off our BES and good riddance.

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