RIM: BlackBerry sales to US gov still on the rise
We're still best at being boring
The White House and American government departments are still buying BlackBerrys, RIM's senior VP of security told Bloomberg, claiming that RIM had increased its share in the federal contract market.
RIM's BlackBerry, one of few handsets to be security-approved by the Feds, is the top seller in US federal markets, said Scott Totzke. The Canadian company's security veep said the handset had increased its install base slightly over the past year.
“Compared to the enterprise over the last year-and-a-half or so, the federal business on whole is up,” he said.
RIM can't rest on its laurels, however: the federal market is shrinking as the US government slices jobs.
And perhaps more significantly, several Android phones have the necessary FIPS 140-2 certification as mandated by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 – and Apple is known to be actively seeking it for the iPhone.
It is not known whether President Obama still uses a BlackBerry. ®
I love it. All the apple crowd.
not content with their toys being nothing more than good looking security loopholes, feel the desperate urge to slag off other products because they're not as beautiful.
How great it is that work type business products still have a market. For it means I'll be able to keep on buying them, and I can have a real keyboard, long battery life and a complete absence of temptation to buy spyware that does nothing useful.
You can see why Apple would love to corner their market though, forcing people to buy their underpowered, style over content, shit, would force even more people into their "We'll charge you to look at something you own" franchise.
RIMarkably dense behaviour...
I am trying to do a bespoke project for a group of customers that will guarantee RIM over 20,000 new handsets, along with infrastructure and continued similar growth for the next three years. To make this work I need access to a particular library that has been deprecated but I know is internally still in use at RIM. Despite repeated lobbying of their management and technical staff I just hit a wall - it is idiotic bureaucracy that could cost them dearly.
Someone needs to fire the top two tiers of management at RIM and make everyone else realise that if there isn't serious change and a willingness to embrace custom development then they are doomed. They will *never* be Apple or Google, and at this rate they won't be RIM for long. A truly sad tale of a successful company driven into the ground by it's board.
Can't beat putting a negative slant when one wasn't necessary. Report it, what your opinion is, is irrelevant. Good journalism (that's sarcastic by the way).