ICE, ICE Baby! U.S. Immigration Office Dumps BlackBerry Smartphones for iPhones
October 22, 2012 4:34 PM
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Yo man, let's get out of here; Word to your mother
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
10/23/2012 1:18:03 PM
Dude, ActiveSync is ActiveSync. The security end of iPhone is identical to Android: they both implement the remote access policy the same way. Android can be locked down incredibly tight, requiring strong unlock passwords, device encryption, denied root access and 3rd party apps, etc.
The reason most companies don't use Android is because there is no
. The market is so saturated and evolves so fast that they can't be guaranteed compatible devices with their rollout implementation in the future. WP7/7.5 is even worse in this regard. Blackberry and iOS devices evolve so slowly and stay the same for so long that they make practical business devices.
RE: how they will be used
10/23/2012 1:23:57 PM
That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. ActiveSync needs to store credentials on the device. Apple and Google implement encryption and access to the file system differently. You can't take a service protocol like activesync and say that iPhones and Android devices are equal in security because they both support ActiveSync. What about the rest of the operating system infrastructure?
Disclosure: I own an S3 and 4s
RE: how they will be used
10/25/2012 12:12:12 PM
Dude, do your research before you call something a "load of crap"
Microsoft wouldn't license active sync unless they met a certain criteria. In this case, they meet
the same security criteria.
They both allow for the same policies and management from Active Directory and Exchange policies. Both devices offer identical 128-bit encryption of the file system and its contents.
Hence I stand correct, "Activesync is Activesync" and any device with Microsoft Exchange Activesync must support the same group policy security criteria.
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