U.S. Immigration and Customs to Drop BlackBerrys for iPhones

Posted October 22, 2012 at 7:57pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12621 views

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.

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xavier - October 23, 2012 at 4:04pm
more illegals that is for sure
FawazAl - October 24, 2012 at 4:47am
Detour - October 23, 2012 at 3:45am
This is good then also bad news for us. If this is true, more hackers will investigate ios to find a loophole. More people means faster to be hacked. Which also gives us better successful rate of getting the iphone jailbreaks. But take a look at android. They are easily moddable. And hackable too.
BrawlBro1 - October 23, 2012 at 4:32am
Think about it for a second. This is a bad thing. There are two types of hackers. One of them hacks for the purpose of stealing your personal information the other one hacks to install Cydia. The more exploits those hackers release then Apple will patch them, which will increase the time it takes to develop a jailbreak every time Apple releases a new firmware. If those hackers purpose is not Cydia then it's a bad thing for the jailbreak community.
Copperhead - October 23, 2012 at 12:51am
Reason for this is our own law informant agents cant be trusted and they are stealing the Blackberries and there is no way if tracking it like the iPhone. And the agencies need something they can track right away , hence the ( find my phone ) application. Also the law ingot cement agrncies has a special app that tracks each officers location with a embedded Check-In feature that let's an officer check in every hour with a special pass code. - it's mostly for the safety of the officers as well as keeping tabs on the device itself....
Copperhead - October 23, 2012 at 12:53am
I officially hate the iPhone spell checker, its officially retarded..
Chris - October 22, 2012 at 10:18pm
Just what RIM needs...
odedo1 - October 22, 2012 at 8:30pm
trying again,
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