America’s National Transportation Safety Board has announced plans to drop Research In Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones in favour of Apple iPhones.
The US government agency, which investigates plane accidents among other responsibilities, cited BlackBerry’s poor reliability as a main reason for the switch. The devices, NTSB argues, fail “both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate.”
The organization, which employs 400 people, states that it requires “effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities.” RIM’s roster of handsets does not accomplish this, according to the agency.
Several major organizations in the US are making similar moves, including Yahoo and the Pentagon. But RIM plans to release BlackBerry 10 early next year, and the next-gen platform promises to be an improvement in every way.