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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.
Now, Reuters 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.
According to Reuters, ICE will purchase over 17,000 iPhones for its employees, which represents a package deal worth over $2 million.

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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."

Sources: Reuters,, The Verge

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RE: how they will be used
By drycrust3 on 10/23/2012 11:19:51 AM , Rating: 2
I don't really care if they are switching to iPhone or Android but I agree with you that what are they going to do with an iPhone?

I'm a bus driver, and two apps that I find really useful are Google Maps (with the voice navigation) and an app which tells you in real time when a bus is going to arrive at a bus stop.
For someone like a customs officer, an iPhone isn't so much about the "Phone" as it is the "i" ... the ability to use the iPhone as a mobile terminal. For example, the drug dog finds man with a suitcase of interest, the customs office uses an in house app to check the label on the luggage, confirms the man is the owner, downloads the passport details, finds out where they have traveled to recently, etc, and all without having to leave the man or the suitcase.

RE: how they will be used
By kleinma on 10/23/2012 1:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
So ditch an entire existing fleet of devices that inhouse apps can be written for, to replace with new expensive iDevices that inhouse apps can be written for? Sounds like the Govt to me.

RE: how they will be used
By Rukkian on 10/23/2012 1:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, unless you jailbreak them, in house apps cannot be written, as you have to load software from the appstore. If you jailbreak, then they are at least as vulnerable (if not more so) than an android.

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