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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that it is dropping its BlackBerry smartphones for a new fleet of iPhone 5s

Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry line of devices have been a staple in the enterprise and government sectors for years, but recently, that monopoly has crumbled and there's no signs of that stopping.

In a trend that seems to be ongoing, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that it is dropping its BlackBerry smartphones for a new fleet of iPhone 5s. The board's reasoning is that its BlackBerrys "have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate."

Before the NTSB, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ditched their BlackBerrys in May in favor of iPhones. Immigration and Customs Enforcement followed suit in September, and in October, the Defense Department left its BlackBerrys behind and chose to go with Android and Apple devices instead.

A lot of BlackBerrys troubles stem from a huge incident that occurred in October 2011. For four days, BlackBerry users from around the world completely lost their messaging, browsing and email services. These three features are key to any business (or consumer) user, and proved to be a huge mark on RIM's record. RIM blamed the service troubles on an extremely critical network failure during a system upgrade

Since then, RIM co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down and named the new CEO Thorsten Heins. 

However, a new CEO hasn't completely wiped away RIM's problems. It's about to release a new mobile operating system, called BlackBerry 10 (BB10) in late January 2013, and with so many businesses and government agencies dropping the devices, analysts expect the new OS to be dead on arrival. 

Heins seems to believe differently. He was recently quoted saying, "
I think it's all lining up. Sometimes you get the feeling that the universe is in disarray, and with BlackBerry 10 coming, I see the stars lining up."

BB10's launch event
 will take place January 30, 2013. 

Source: USA Today

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RE: What?...
By Nortel on 11/21/2012 10:05:29 PM , Rating: 0
When taking public transit, the only people I see with blackberries are young students, business professionals (who likely are given the device for free) or homeless looking people. Blackberries have become so uncool!

RE: What?...
By MechanicalTechie on 11/21/2012 10:51:47 PM , Rating: 4
Ahh yes to be cool...

I wish I could be cool, to be accepted by fickle, self-absorbed, petty minded people that need to be told what to do and how to act because they have an inferiority complex...

sigh.. I guess one can only dream!

RE: What?...
By Samus on 11/22/2012 2:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
Blackberries are still better than anything for two things. Texting and email.

The problem is, that's just about all they do well, and the benefits simply don't outweigh the drawbacks (which are numerous) compared to an Android or iOS device. I still don't feel WP7/8 is on the radar. I honestly have never seen somebody with one. Ever. I've played with them at the store, and it seems slick, but again, doesn't offer anything compelling over Android or iOS once you add a few apps that mimic the time-saving features of Windows Phone.

RE: What?...
By jeffbui on 11/22/2012 5:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
My friend was arguing that his Blackberry is better for e-mail. We sat our phones side by side and had a third party e-mail us both at the same time. Guess what, the iPhone Gmail app received the push notification before the Blackberry did. I laughed about it because I thought the Blackberry would get it faster too.

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