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    Functionality New Reason For Latest Federal BlackBerry Dump


    The disturbing trend of federal agencies dumping the BlackBerry is continuing to grow and a rapid pace. This year alone there have been a total of 11,300 BlackBerry devices that are to be phased out by federal agencies. The latest of these agencies the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is planning on phasing out its 3,800 BlackBerry devices for iPhones in less than a year. Rick Holgate ATF's chief information officer stated that they “We’re going to delete the BlackBerry from the mix,”.

    The agencies reasoning behind the change was the lack of the BlackBerry devices functionality. “Video streaming, GPS capability, capabilities, the camera … a variety of things,” contributed to the decision Holgate said. “Yes, these things exist on BlackBerrys, but in terms of ease of use and adaptability of the devices, the iPhones are the more functional and compelling use case.”

    The reasons for these massive changes range from cutting expenses, to lack of functionality on the BlackBerry device. The question that comes up is are these really legit reasons to make the switch. The answer is a solid no. Most organizations are always looking for ways to save money. The problems is that they are sacrificing security and superior communication over saving a quick buck. Government agencies need to be looking at the big picture instead of the smaller scope of this years budget.

    What about functionality? It's no secret that the BlackBerry device has lacked in this department over the past few years. However, I have to wonder if any of these decision makers have taken an in depth look at the functionality of the BlackBerry OS 7 devices, or the newly refreshed PlayBook OS 2.0. Recognizing that the BlackBerry device still has the functionality, but it's a little harder to implement and adopt is not a valid reason to make such a big decision.



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    I can't believe these companies do not realize they're making the most illogical decision ever in the history of security protection.

    Just when a major security breach comes to us in what form, no one knows, but I know this, BlackBerry will always be my number one choice as I take security very seriously.

    I have more confidence in my BlackBerry smartphone and tablet, than any other device out there currently in the market.

    Next time I give personal information to any company, the first question I will have for them is, "what smartphone device is your company using?

    Have they not even looked at how advanced and full featured OS7 is compared to OS6??

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    So, in this case, the ATF is too stupid to know how to use an OS7 Blackberry?
    Come on! What device, Blackberry or any other brand, is difficult today?
    Did this guy ever hold a Blackberry running on OS7?



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    Cut their budget!

    They better be paying low bargain prices for the iPhones. As tax payers we should insist on the lowest cost period. The justification is very weak.

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    Sorry guys, but the decision makers aren't wearing the standard issue RIM rose colored glasses that are being sported round these parts. The BlackBerry isn't near the device it once was and these companies have to ensure that their mobile services continue well in to the future. Technology is an industry of "what have you done for me lately" and an OS that will be abandoned soon for BB10 is hardly reason for these companies to put all of their eggs in the BlackBerry basket. Yes, security should be of the utmost importance, but you have to also be concerned about the future and RIM has barely shown anything positive in the past couple of years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DownForce View Post
    Sorry guys, but the decision makers aren't wearing the standard issue RIM rose colored glasses that are being sported round these parts. The BlackBerry isn't near the device it once was and these companies have to ensure that their mobile services continue well in to the future. Technology is an industry of "what have you done for me lately" and an OS that will be abandoned soon for BB10 is hardly reason for these companies to put all of their eggs in the BlackBerry basket. Yes, security should be of the utmost importance, but you have to also be concerned about the future and RIM has barely shown anything positive in the past couple of years.
    Very good point, but I wonder if RIM will be so fast to get rid of OS 7. Yes OS 7 is too little too late, but it does provide the functionality that most organisations need. We will have to see how well BB 10 plays on the business side of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    Very good point, but I wonder if RIM will be so fast to get rid of OS 7. Yes OS 7 is too little too late, but it does provide the functionality that most organisations need. We will have to see how well BB 10 plays on the business side of this.
    And see, that's another thing right there.....the oh so hyped BB10. Let's forget all together how it was promised for early 2012 and then changed to late 2012 fiasco. The name debacle is the big one in my opinion. Like what multi-billion dollar company doesn't do a trademark search before they announce something that they are gonna hinge their financial future on? If a company is going to CONTINUALLY tromp all over their own genitalia like this NO ONE can be surprised when their huge corporate customers turn tail and run.

    I'm not trying to be a doom and gloomer here. I love my BlackBerry. But I'm gonna be completely honest. If RIM doesn't do something spectacular in the next 12 months to absolutely wow the socks off of me my next mobile device won't be a BlackBerry. A qwerty keyboard and BBM aren't enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownForce View Post
    And see, that's another thing right there.....the oh so hyped BB10. Let's forget all together how it was promised for early 2012 and then changed to late 2012 fiasco. The name debacle is the big one in my opinion. Like what multi-billion dollar company doesn't do a trademark search before they announce something that they are gonna hinge their financial future on? If a company is going to CONTINUALLY tromp all over their own genitalia like this NO ONE can be surprised when their huge corporate customers turn tail and run.

    I'm not trying to be a doom and gloomer here. I love my BlackBerry. But I'm gonna be completely honest. If RIM doesn't do something spectacular in the next 12 months to absolutely wow the socks off of me my next mobile device won't be a BlackBerry. A qwerty keyboard and BBM aren't enough.
    Good points.

    I do know that BB 10 will deliver, as long as RIM delivers on what's expected. The BB OS needed a rewrite, and that's what BB 10 will give us. Plus with features like Scroreloop integration and HTML 5, Flash support, ect., I don't see how the first BB 10 device isn't going to be anything other than awesome. However, there will be a few months of build up time as many developers will want to see the device functioning before jumping on board to write their apps. Essentially the new BB 10 phone is going to be a mini PB tablet in terms of functionality. Just imagine if the PlayBook launched when it did with a OS that we will see by this fall!

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