Government consultancy of 25,000 workers leaves BlackBerry for iPhone and Android

Government consultancy of 25,000 workers leaves BlackBerry for iPhone and Android
Research in Motion has been in free fall in the last couple of months, and that slump is simply not slowing down. Now, Government consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, with staff of around 25,000 employees is ditching BlackBerry for Android and iPhone in what is another huge blow to RIM.

Booz Allen has already started giving out new Android devices and iPhones to its staff, and those who still own BlackBerries soon won’t be able to access their corporate mailbox.

A RIM spokesperson however stressed that the company still has over 1 million customers in the US Government, one of its last strongholds. That is swiftly changing, though, and if BlackBerry 10 disappoints or doesn’t come soon enough, the Canadians might well losing customers even more rapidly.

source: Bloomberg via BGR

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17 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

But how about bbos10?

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What do you mean - how about bbos10? RIM is losing its corporate and government customers in the U.S. every month. This is just the latest example. RIM has already lost the U.S. govt., they are in denial. The U.S. govt's replacement for the BB is scheduled to go live in 2013. By the end of 2013, BB may cease to be a relevant market segment in the U.S.

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

RIP RIM

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Saying BAH is a 'government consultancy' is a bit limiting: they do have far more government work than similar firms, but they do certainly have a significant amount of private sector engagements.

4. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good news for NicolaOliver and bad pikapowerize. Its time for a change, these lousy RIM don't seem to be that bothered, just like Nokia....™®©

5. No_Nonsense unregistered

ANd you don't seem to be bothered of making a sensible comment?

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol, RIM getting your just desserts. These guys released the Storm and Storm 2, were completely against cameras in phones and failed to capitalize on their popularity with the wave of smartphones, now look at them trying to save themselves from their own snobbery, idiots! BBOs 10 is on it's way, but by the time it shows up it will be too late, RIM really showing how to fall from grace and we are all watching it happen. With Android not even hinting at slowing down it's meteoric rise and Apple still using it's marketing genius RIM will not put a dent in either of these guys armor. RIM also has to fend off vulture like attempts from late comer to the smartphone OS market MS who almost pulled a RIM with their lax attempt into smartphone OS with the horrible WIndows platform, but realized that the players in here are for real and are now attempting to correct their first mistake.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You know whats stupid about the no camera in phones thing.... It doesnt matter where I work....no cell, smartphone is allowed in our office, period. Camera or no camera. No tablets, mp3 players, digital photo frames, etc. I think my company also thinks about ppl storing info on the phone storage period. Or being on the phone when confidential stuff is being talked about.

7. Seymur unregistered

Rest in Motion

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I wonder if Secretary Clinton or Mr. President will switch out there phones

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

they will do good with black berry 10...

11. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

If they wanna get pulled out of a bad hole, which they are in.. they need to hurry up and release OS10. And hope its a success...

17. maxout

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

2012 is true for RIM

12. techytechtech

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

BB10 will be the buzzer beater that you all never expected.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

whatever.... maybe Booz Allen wants his staff to play angry birds and not so tight security.... good for you nikolas!

15. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

screw you rim.....rest in peace with pikapowerize

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

LMFAO. that was so funny.®©

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