U.S. Immigration and Customs to Drop BlackBerrys for iPhones
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has announced that it will drop RIM's BlackBerry and buy iPhones for its more than 17,600 employees. The purchase is worth about 2.1 million, according to Reuters.
The agency said that RIM's technology "can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency".
It had analyzed Apple's iOS-based devices and Google's Android operating system and concluded that for the near term Apple's iPhone services offer the best technology for the agency because of Apple's tight controls of the hardware platform and operating system.
The iPhone will be used by a "variety of agency personnel, including, but not limited to, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees".
"The iPhone services will allow these individuals to leverage reliable, mobile technology on a secure and manageable platform in furtherance of the agency's mission," said the ICE.