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U.S. government agency drops RIM for Apple

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U.S. government agency drops RIM for Apple

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is dropping Research In Motion's (TSX:RIM) BlackBerry smartphone in favour of the new iPhone 5.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is dropping Research In Motion's (TSX:RIM) BlackBerry smartphone in favour of the new iPhone 5.

The board says existing Blackberry devices have been failing both at "inopportune times" and at an unacceptable rate.

The Washington-based National Transportation Safety Board also says in a document that the iPhone 5 will be compatible with Apple iPad tablets already in use by its employees.

The safety board says it requires effective, reliable and stable communications to ensure employee safety in remote locations.

Waterloo, Ont.,-based RIM has lost several other U.S. departments and agencies as clients, including the Defence Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, have also chosen the iPhone.

The news comes before the launch of RIM's new BlackBerry 10 operating system in early 2013, which RIM hopes will enable it to better compete against the iPHone and smartphones with the Android operating system.

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Well, the Blackberry does have lots of problems.. at least mine does. I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. Even though I hate iPhones too :P

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Well, the Blackberry does have lots of problems.. at least mine does. I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. Even though I hate iPhones too :P

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No real surprise that America would drop RIM (A Canadian company) for Apple (An American company)

Well, the Blackberry does have lots of problems.. at least mine does. I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. Even though I hate iPhones too :P

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Expected.. And Im sure more companies will follow suit.. I love my blackberry.. All I do is text, youtube, fb and use the calender. I want a phone not a toy.

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Blackberry is best phone in world bro. <3

Now they're gonna go into a depression.

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No real surprise that America would drop RIM (A Canadian company) for Apple (An American company)

I've never really had an issue with my Blackberry, but then again I basically just use it as a phone and schedule keeper.

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The BB was seen as the standard for working professionals. It was easy for the IT departments to configure all BBs so they were fit for company use only, and was reliable.

Of course, this was before RIM's demise and their failed products/services.

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The BB was seen as the standard for working professionals. It was easy for the IT departments to configure all BBs so they were fit for company use only, and was reliable.

Of course, this was before RIM's demise and their failed products/services.

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Well we will know in Jan if things turn around with the BB10. It's been getting rave reviews so far that has the share price back up above ten bucks in anticipation.

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in terms of stock price and market shares, its been doing very very well the last week. It's shares are going up like mad. That being said, last week, Apple has made a huge comeback.

But to be honest, its quite sad to see rim getting dropped like that.... sigh.... But rim can only hang on for that much longer... Android really killed em.

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Expected.. And Im sure more companies will follow suit.. I love my blackberry.. All I do is text, youtube, fb and use the calender. I want a phone not a toy.

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If that was the case, they would've picked Apple in the first place. I don't think they care which country makes their phones, as long as it is secure and reliable.

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I think Blackberry's fate is almost sealed with all these companies and government agencies dumping them for the competition. Blackberry 10 is their last shot and it will be tough to succeed with the market saturated with Android, Apple and Windows phone. It seems the only people who will get Blackberry are the ones that prefer physical keyboard.

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No real surprise that America would drop RIM (A Canadian company) for Apple (An American company)

I've never really had an issue with my Blackberry, but then again I basically just use it as a phone and schedule keeper.

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Lucky for you then. I only use mine for calling and texting. Yet the wheel button doesn't always work and it will freeze and/or die randomly quite often.

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Expected.. And Im sure more companies will follow suit.. I love my blackberry.. All I do is text, youtube, fb and use the calender. I want a phone not a toy.

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Expected.. And Im sure more companies will follow suit.. I love my blackberry.. All I do is text, youtube, fb and use the calender. I want a phone not a toy.

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BB is dying a slow death. One by one everyone is switching away from BB.

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The wheel? They got rid of trackball a long time ago. Maybe time for an update? :P

I have no issues with my BlackBerry (freezing, or otherwise).

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