Research In Motion or RIM, received bad news last week after the National Transportation Safety Board, a U.S. Government agency, decided to stop using Blackberry smart phones. The agency announced its decision to move all its employees to Apple's iPhone 5. According to Bloomberg, the plan was disclosed in a document that the agency recently released.
The National Transportation Safety Board investigates airplane accidents and other transport based disasters.
In the document, the agency stated that it "requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations." It also stated that the devices have been"failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate."
RIM has had a rough year which included two international service blackouts on the Blackberry Messenger network, a chunk of its users moving over to Android and IOS powered devices and also a few other government agencies switching over to other devices.
The Ontario-based company is pinning all its hopes on its upcoming Blackberry 10 operating system. The operating system will launch on January 30 and hopes to turn the tide for RIM. It can be happy about the fact that the upcoming devices using BB10 have been awarded vital government security certifications, allowing it to be easily accepted in government agencies.
Hoping to increase the number of apps on its Blackberry app store, RIM has also announced a scheme for application developers, wherein they would be rewarded with cash, devices and other goodies based on the number of approved applications they submitted.
The OS will release on two new devices, one with a full touch screen and the other featuring Blackberry's stellar QWERTY keypad.
by RTT Staff Writer
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