The Apple iPhone 4S model will not yet replace the 60,000 rugged Motorola models used on the floor of the store by employees for POS, walkie-talkie and telephony operations. What will be replaced is the BlackBerry model owned by store managers at the 2,252 Home Depot retail units in the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico. The company is the fifth largest retailer in the world.
warm glow of its record setting launch of the BlackBerry Z10 in the U.K. and Canada last week. And even when things seemed bad for BlackBerry, there was a surprise ending. Back in December, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), which had originally announced that its 17,600 members were switching to the Apple iPhone and dropping their current BlackBerry model in a $2.1 million deal for Apple, had decided to give BlackBerry one more try and test BlackBerry 10 this year. But alas, there seems to be no such reprieve for BlackBerry with Home Depot.
This has to be a disappointment to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins who had hoped that the new BlackBerry 10 OS would allow it to keep some of its current enterprise business while winning new jobs.