ICE adopts Apple in place of RIM

RIM has just received a new blow right before the launch of its new device.

RIMThe US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has decided to end its contract with Research In Motion’s phone BlackBerry and has preference to Apple’s iPhone.

Last week ICE posted a documentation that it will buy over 17,600 units for its employees which comes to about $2.1 million. As for the reason to switch over to iPhone, the agency says that they have been with RIM for eight years now and they do not meet the demands that the agency needs in terms of technology.

ICE had analyzed both iOS and Android devices and concluded that Apple’s brand was more suited because of their tight controls of the operating system and hardware platform.

Reuters has reported that the agency says that “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,” adding that 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.”

The consulting firm Booz Allen too is dropping RIM and to both Android and iOS devices for its 25,000 staffers.

RIM however is about to launch its new BB10 smartphone which will look for an early launch in 2013 and will be competing with iPhones and Androids. The unit is supposed to put an end to the company’s contestant decline in market share.

Paul Lucier, vice president of RIM said in an email statement that “We are working hard to make our new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10, meets the future needs of government customers” however, he added that “Of course, we are disappointed by this decision,” indicating to ICE’s new contract with Apple Inc.switches to iPhone

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