Two creatures that are on the endangered species list, trying to bite each other.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said will end its contract with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in favor of Apple’s iPhone, dealing a fresh blow to RIM just months ahead of its launch of a vital new device.
The agency said in a solicitation document posted last week that it intends to buy iPhones for more than 17,600 employees - a purchase worth $2.1 million.
The agency said it has relied on RIM for eight years but that RIM’s technology “can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency”.
It also said that it had analyzed Apple’s iOS-based devices and Google’s Android operating system and concluded that for the near term Apple’s iPhone services offer the best technology for the agency because of Apple’s tight controls of the hardware platform and operating system.
RIM sucks, Android is a Free for all, that’s about it.
Yeah, and MySpace had more people than Facebook, and that went fine.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has a strong chance of being sued by shareholders for not being forthcoming about the company’s dire financial situation, business experts say.
When it rains, it pours.
“In the past three months there’s been a lot of concern that the BlackBerry platform won’t be around in the future,” said Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research, a wireless- industry consultant based in San Francisco. “It’s not unheard of for a large phone manufacturer to go out of business.”
Everyone is jumping ship, even if the CEO thinks all is well.
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation.
Right, that wil fix it, ask Nokia.
As some investors had feared, Research In Motion this afternoon reported worse-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter ended June 2, posting a large loss as demand for the company’s BlackBerry smartphones continued to crumble.
This is it.