BlackBerry was one of the most popular smart phones and business phones for corporations once upon a time. And then the iPhone happened, followed by Google’s Android, and all the spotlight from BlackBerry was taken by these players. iPhone and Android smart phones have proved to be really secure and mush more easier ways to communicate over the internet, also, a much better way to check your corporate emails. So, a lot of companies around the world today are switching from BlackBerrys to either iPhones or Android smart phones. And the latest company, or government body to do so is the US Department of Defense (DOD).
Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, had the US government as one of the biggest and treasured clients, but this is said to become a history soon. As Phone Arena writes, “The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) recently awarded a contract to replace their BlackBerry devices, all 17,000 of them, with iPhones.” This is going to be another huge loss for Research in Motion, one of the many that the company has managed to survive this year.
The Canadian company is working hard on making its new operating system, the BlackBerry 10 operating system, a success. The company has scheduled the launch of this new operating system in the first quarter of next year, and I guess, the company is realizing the effects of the delay. The time to market should be calculated and maintained accordingly in these situations so that the companies do not lose out on such really high paying projects or clients.
Phone Arena further writes, “The Pentagon has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build a system that will secure and manage over 160,000 Apple and Android devices and be scalable to possibly handle as many as 8 million devices.” That is a huge loss for BlackBerry. Even though BlackBerry has its own BlackBerry Mobile Fusion service to make the integration possible, I do not think the US government is going to opt for it.
Source: Phone Arena