RIM lost another one, another client that is. The NTSB agency says that Blackberrys has failed them and now looking to replace them with iPhones. Man at this rate RIM will have no more corporate clients.
“The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations,” the agency said in a notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. It noted that the iPhone 5 was a better candidate than the BlackBerry to deliver those capabilities because it is more reliable, and also because the phones are compatible with the iPads it has already deployed.
The NTSB is the latest in a series of big government agents to abandon the BlackBerry as the smartphone of choice. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency also switched to iPhone. But the NTSB’s defection cuts a little bit deeper because of its open criticism of the BlackBerry’s reliability, a feature RIM has long touted as one of the device’s biggest enterprise selling points. Indeed, it continues to do so today.