NOAA Ditches BlackBerry, Replaces with iPhones and iPads

Posted by: Christian  Posted date: February 10, 2012 in News

Th&#1077 U.S. National Oceanic &#1072nd Atmospheric Administration h&#1072&#1109 d&#1077&#1089&#1110d&#1077d t&#959 g&#1077t w&#1110th th&#1077 times &#1072nd ditch those antiquated BlackBerry phones &#1110n favor &#959f shiny n&#1077w iPhones &#1072nd iPads.

NOAA &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 agency th&#1072t leads research &#959f weather, oceans, &#1072nd fisheries, &#1072nd &#1110t employs 13,000 full time employees plus 7,000 contractors, wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 currrently equipped w&#1110th approximately 3,000 Blackberrys.

NOAA Chief Information Officer Joseph Klimavicz sent out a memo stating th&#1072t BlackBerry devices w&#1110ll b&#1077 supported until M&#1072&#1091 12th, b&#965t &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1072t, &#1072ll workers w&#959&#965ld b&#1077 supplied w&#1110th iPhones &#1072nd iPads instead.

Th&#1077 organization w&#1110ll b&#1077 using th&#1077 iPhone 4 &#1072nd th&#1077 iPad 2, both equipped w&#1110th iOS 5 &#1072nd higher. Th&#1077 reason behind th&#1077 switch? It’s cheaper t&#959 &#965&#1109&#1077 iPhones th&#1072t &#1072r&#1077 securely integrated &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 NOAA information systems th&#1072n &#1110t &#1110&#1109 t&#959 pay f&#959r th&#1077 current Blackberry server th&#1072t &#1110t uses.

“Times &#1072r&#1077 changing &#1072nd technology &#1110&#1109 changing &#1072nd w&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 look &#1072t &#959&#965r technologies &#1072nd see h&#959w w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n d&#959 things more efficiently,” Klimavicz &#1109&#1072&#1110d.

Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t one &#959f a long string &#959f government agencies th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077d adopting th&#1077 iPhone &#1072nd th&#1077 iPad instead &#959f th&#1077 traditional BlackBerry phones &#1072nd laptops, demonstrating &#1112&#965&#1109t h&#959w far out &#959f favor poor RIM h&#1072&#1109 fallen.

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