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 6:09:41 PM
iOS is the only real alternative to BB in terms of security. It fully supports ActiveSync and other security protocols, and malware outside of the jailbreak community is not a problem since everything is vetted. This is why enterprise (at least for critical personnel) and government agency adoption has mainly been iOS. I don't know how WP stands except that the platform isn't very well supported by developers, and vanilla Android is a disaster from a security standpoint.
A custom version of Android built around security and with no ability to load unauthorized apps could certainly work, but why take on all that cost and effort when other solutions that work right out of the box are already there?
RE: how they will be used
10/22/2012 10:47:16 PM
I take it you're not familiar with current and recent iterations of Motorola Android phones? The security is there so it would've made more sense to either stick with BB or go for Motorola handsets.
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