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NTSB travels from BlackBerry to Apple iPhone 5

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NTSB travels from BlackBerry to Apple iPhone 5
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says that 400,000 government workers will be updating to BlackBerry 10. But at the pace at which government agencies are leaving BlackBerry, there may not be that many workers left to update. The latest government agency to give up their BlackBerry handsets is the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB said that it will be replacing its BlackBerry handsets with the Apple iPhone 5 over phases in 2013.

The NTSB is replacing BlackBerry for the Apple iPhone 5

The NTSB is replacing BlackBerry for the Apple iPhone 5

According to the NTSB, the BlackBerry service has been "failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate".That is not good for a governmental agency which needs "effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations." According to Electronista, the majority of BlackBerry handsets being used by the NTSB are more than three years old and are on BB 6 OS. Had the Agency decided to stay with BlackBerry, the handsets would have had to be replaced with new phones. The Government Business Council says that the use of BlackBerry by federal service managers has dropped to half of last year's level.

Over the last few months, such government related BlackBerry users as contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and the US government Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have announced that they are leaving BlackBerry for Apple or Android. The former is switching its 25,000 employees to Android while the latter is shifting $2.1 million in annual purchases from BlackBerry to Apple and Android smartphones.

"Once customers start coming out in the open and saying they’re dissatisfied with the product, it’s very, very difficult" to increase business. It’s very difficult for your brand to be relevant when you’re losing your base itself."-Sarneet Kanade Analyst, Northern Securities

"(BlackBerry) has been dedicated to providing government with secure, reliable mobile communications for more than a decade. We will soon be launching the new BlackBerry 10 platform globally to meet our customer’s needs in the decade ahead."-RIM Spokesman

source: Electronista

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posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:30 2

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This is just the latest 'defection'.... Look for more to come.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 15:22 1

7. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Somewhat surprised they're not waiting for BB10. RIM should have released BB10 by now though, they're losing ground at a precipitous rate. Not only are some government agencies going to apple/android, some are looking at Windows Phone as possible options. Lots of lost sales, RIM.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:30

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7316; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"The former is switching its 25,000 employees to Android while the latter is shifting $2.1 in annual purchases from BlackBerry to Apple and Android smartphones."

$2.1 in what? Million?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:51

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7316; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sentence right before the quote Alan.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 23:22

4. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Yep and 1 month later... the NTSB workers have an outdated iphone... anyways pretty bad for RIM in america, but they are still strong in the India and Latin America as well and in other markets so there's not too much to worry... yet.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:22

6. slaggyb (Posts: 183; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You are simply a troll.. All you do is troll on all articles that has to do with blackberry and your comments are meaningless.. Pikapowerize is more civilized than you.. You need to grow up and behave like an adult not a baby.. PA can do better than this and BAN you FOREVER so all you do is access the site and never participate..

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