Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency drops RIM in favor of Apple’s iPhone

Mon, Oct 22, 2012


NextGov reports:

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency plans to end its eight-year relationship with the BlackBerry in favor of iPhones, according to solicitation documents posted Friday. The move could prove a major blow to ailing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.

ICE plans to purchase iPhones for more than 17,000 employees, according to the notice, which states that RIM’s technology “can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency.”

The defection by a law enforcement agency is a particularly harsh blow for RIM, which has led the mobile market in security even as it has trailed Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system in functionality.


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