ICE, ICE Baby! U.S. Immigration Office Dumps BlackBerry Smartphones for iPhones
October 22, 2012 4:34 PM
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It looks as though beleaguered Research in Motion (RIM) just can't catch a break these days. The company's CEO recently stated that it's no longer reaching for the top and
would instead settle for third place
. A research analyst recently surmised that RIM's much-needed BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphone operating system likely
wouldn’t arrive until sometime in March 2013
. And the
New York Times
last week ran a story detailing how some BlackBerry owners are
ashamed to be seen in public with the devices
is reporting that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency will no longer purchase BlackBerries for its employees. Simply put, ICE concluded that RIM "can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency." Instead, the company states that Apple's iPhone provides a better platform for its operations.
ICE went on to describe how the iPhones will be used:
The devices provide critical, mission support services for ICE personnel and provide modern communication and personal computing services. Examples are: call waiting, call forwarding, three way calling, caller ID, voice mail messaging, geospatial services, and picture/video capabilities.
The iOS services will be used by a variety of agency personnel, including, but not limited to, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees. The iPhone services will allow these individuals to leverage reliable, mobile technology on a secure and manageable platform in furtherance of the agency's mission.
, ICE will purchase over 17,000 iPhones for its employees, which represents a package deal worth over $2 million.
Apple's iPhone 5
Naturally, officials for RIM are a bit disheartened at Apple stealing food off its dinner plate. "Of course, we are disappointed by this decision," said Paul Lucier, RIM's VP of government solutions. "We are working hard to make our new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10, meets the future needs of government customers."
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RE: how they will be used
10/22/2012 5:54:46 PM
Huh? iOS has a stellar security record. That's one of the benefits of the tightly controlled "walled garden" approach. Android on the other hand, while its a more flexible and open platform than iOS, it's also more open to viruses, trojans, etc. As for Microsoft, well, we know how miserable their security track record is. Forget about using them for anything mobile.
RE: how they will be used
10/22/2012 6:06:57 PM
IOS and Android both use EAS, which is technically not as secure as Blackberry. Of course it is free and open on the internet where Blackberry is $20 per user per month and requires an additional server onsite and it goes to RIMM's master server so it allows 2 additional points of failure... But it is more secure.
RE: how they will be used
10/22/2012 6:13:13 PM
Microsoft has quite good security tools. iOS is based around several third party security protocols, and full ActiveSync support is one of its cornerstones.
Hell, MS is great at security on the desktop as well. They should be after Windows XP gave them so many hard lessons on how not to do it.
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