The list of companies and organizations that you would think would be a haven for BlackBerry devices, but, are actually moving in different direction is getting longer.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Commerce, is dropping support for the BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone and the iPad.
In a memo dated Feb. 3rd, Joseph F. Klimavicz, NOAA Chief Information Officer and Director for High Performance Computing and Communications, said that the BlackBerry will continue to be supported through May 12th, but, the NOAA will move forward with support of iPhone 4 or higher and iPad 2 or higher devices running iOS 5 or later.
[Via The Loop]
I think that for the foreseeable future, at least in the United States, you will hear stories like this come in increasing numbers. Research in Motion has fallen so far behind the iPhone and Android that organizations really have to start looking to other vendors to satisfy the needs of their businesses even if it means sacrificing the level of security that you get with BlackBerry.
Name one feature that matters that the iPhone has that the BlackBerry lacks. People keep spreading FUD about what BlackBerry devices can’t do and it is a bunch of crap.
Just one? I know that I am about to enter a rabbit hole from which there probably is no escape, but, it’s Friday, and, I’ll bite…
How about Siri? Siri is a feature of the iPhone 4s that the BlackBerry lacks.
Now, you go ahead and debate why Siri, a feature that BlackBerry lacks, is not a feature that matters.
Siri isn’t a feature. Siri is an application and service. The feature is voice recognition, which, the BlackBerry has been able to do for years with applications like Vlingo…
I refuse to debate this with a person who calls himself BBuserForLife. I’m thinking your mind is made up, no matter what facts are presented. I’ve met plenty of people like you over at BB Forums. I will laugh the day RIM goes under. You people are pathetic.
FY 2012 budget for NOAA was $5.5 billion for the nation’s oceanic and atmospheric agency. Supposedly this represented a $56.8 million decrease compared to the 2011 budget. We need to see more budget cuts for 2013. iPhones and iPads better be at the lowest cost possible and not at some ridiculous government purchase price.
How much worse can it get for BB, every week I keep reading about another bb app or user switching to iphone or abdroid.
I have been a bb user since the begining of my smartphone use, but after using my ipod I can see what apple can do, and bb can’t and how much more stable apple is.
I believe the bb will end up being a UK phone and die in the USA.