17,600 US Immigration and Customs employees being switched from BlackBerry to iPhone

Many of you know that for quite a while, BlackBerrys have reigned supreme in the business place, including government agencies. Another thing a lot of you know is that RIM has been on the decline for the past few years. BlackBerrys no longer are the best in the categories businesses would prefer them for, most notably security. iOS, and even Android in some aspects, have far out done RIM and its BlackBerry platform. With iOS becoming more secure, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has decided to switch 17,600 of its employees from the dying RIM platform to Apple’s iPhone and iOS ecosystem. Below is ICE’s reasoning, as explained by Reuters:

The agency said it has relied on RIM for eight years but that RIM’s technology “can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency” 

The agency said 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,” ICE said in the document.

What do you think? Agree that iOS is becoming more secure than RIM’s offering? Do you still use a BlackBerry for work? Let us know in the comments.


Via: 9to5Mac, Reuters

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