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U.S. Immigration Dumps 17,600 BlackBerrys for iPhones

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October 25, 2012 2:09:39 AM

RIM died a long time ago. It just didn't have the good manners to lay down.
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October 25, 2012 2:25:46 AM

Zack Islam writing an Apple Story.

Man this guy is amazingly creative.
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October 25, 2012 2:26:02 AM

"secure and manageable" if you are ok with Apple knowing everything you are doing.
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October 25, 2012 2:26:09 AM

scannallRIM died a long time ago. It just didn't have the good manners to lay down.


Hate to say it but it seems that way. There is very little point to go with blackberry's now days as there seems to ways to make iphones/androids just as secure to my knowledge. And more people understand how to use one so it's less hassle for most employees/people I've seen.
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Anonymous
October 25, 2012 2:27:33 AM

Why the heck am I paying for these P.O.S.'s to have a smart phones. All the companies in the private sector make their employee's pay for everything but a single PC and maybe for cell phone SERVICE... IF you have a business justification for even needing a cell phone. Nothing unexpected, when you itsn't your money you just waste it away. Also, what do we need with 17,600 employees to infectively patrol the boarders. Just fine the employers who hire illegals and FIRE ALL OF THE IMMIGRATION!!
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October 25, 2012 2:53:21 AM

AHA! that explains the US budget deficit... they payed for thousands of incredibly overpriced iPhones! it all makes sense now xD
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October 25, 2012 3:12:21 AM

How long until they get hacked?

Seriously if there's one thing RIM still has on eveyone else, its security, especially for a branch of law enforcement I kind of figured that would be on the top of their list for features... Guess not...

Just wait until they have to tie the phone in with their business applications such as email. Their IT group is going to have a heart attack trying to manage 25,000 iPhones. With RIM securing (wiping) a lost device is quite literally a couple clicks away. Even better transferring the user's contacts & data is just as easy when you get the new device.... Last time i tried to transfer stuff from one apple device to another I had a nightmare of a time...
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October 25, 2012 3:16:39 AM

Way to go US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency... $2.1 million could have hired a lot of people to help enforce immigration law vs phones so they can play angry birds on the job.
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October 25, 2012 3:43:34 AM

Yes give them all an iPhone so we can hack them ;) 

And they wont know they have been hacked as they will be bust playing angry birds !
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October 25, 2012 3:43:58 AM

should've been WP8 ;) 
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October 25, 2012 3:46:45 AM

RIM died from high class segment to became some common phone IMO.

Anyways, I kinda hard to find a logic why they switched?

to follow the trend? it's more safer phone? it's more cheaper phone? or what?
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October 25, 2012 3:49:45 AM

Obviously, these guys are bored at work and need to play more games. XD Maybe they should consider cutting down the workforce first???
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Anonymous
October 25, 2012 4:21:57 AM

They switched so that they can use Apple Maps!
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October 25, 2012 4:44:52 AM

invlemHow long until they get hacked?Seriously if there's one thing RIM still has on eveyone else, its security, especially for a branch of law enforcement I kind of figured that would be on the top of their list for features... Guess not...Just wait until they have to tie the phone in with their business applications such as email. Their IT group is going to have a heart attack trying to manage 25,000 iPhones. With RIM securing (wiping) a lost device is quite literally a couple clicks away. Even better transferring the user's contacts & data is just as easy when you get the new device.... Last time i tried to transfer stuff from one apple device to another I had a nightmare of a time...


Actually when users configured the e-mail client on the Android to use the Microsoft Exchange it prompts the user a notice to say that the admins will have the ability to wipe your phone if necessary. The user has to agree to it otherwise connection to Exchange will be denied.

I do see this being an option in the Microsoft Exchange console so it's already there. It doesn't wipe the phone but it does remove all traces of e-mails, contacts and etc that is related to exchange.

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October 25, 2012 5:43:10 AM

wasting taxpayers on money... what could they possibly need that the old bb couldnt offer? play the latest games? sighs...
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October 25, 2012 6:14:39 AM

dyc4hawasting taxpayers on money... what could they possibly need that the old bb couldnt offer? play the latest games? sighs...


Wasting taxpayers on money? I would give you a pass as that just being a typo, but given what is wrong with the rest of the post, I doubt it was a typo.

With the US being filled with people like you, it's fucked.
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October 25, 2012 7:40:57 AM

Apple, if it's a patriotic company, should donate the phones. Apples finances are in a far better state.
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October 25, 2012 7:53:01 AM

"for more than 17,600 employees, equaling a total purchase price of $2.1 million"

That's less than $120 per iPhone ?
Something must be wrong with these numbers.
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October 25, 2012 9:22:53 AM

I'll laugh if BB10 ends up being the messiah of mobile phone operating systems and RIM emerges from the flames stronger than ever. Unlikely though. :) 
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October 25, 2012 9:31:35 AM

freggo"for more than 17,600 employees, equaling a total purchase price of $2.1 million"That's less than $120 per iPhone ?Something must be wrong with these numbers.

Not necessarily, apple may have sold them at cost. (which just goes to show how much of a mark up apple put on their products)
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October 25, 2012 12:22:14 PM

Ha blackberry is a secure business tool and an iphone is a toy for teenage girls
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October 25, 2012 12:26:45 PM

Peoples perception of blackberry has changed it was a business tool, people thought it became a toy but it never did. People want toys not business tools.
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October 25, 2012 12:29:35 PM

FYI Samsung's Galaxy S III has full data incryption, can be tracked and wiped if stolen.

I thought apple was full of security holes and simply seemed secure due to the lack of virus, and hacking presence in its ecosystem.
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October 25, 2012 2:00:55 PM

Having no Angry Birds to play while doing safety inspections was the last straw!
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October 25, 2012 2:04:21 PM

What a waste of tax payer money, seriously.
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October 25, 2012 2:32:36 PM

They should have stayed with RIM. As dead as they can be, as outdated their OS looks...

It's still the most secure business phone out there.

I manage a hosted exchange with a BES... as much as I hate the complexity of upgrading a user from BIS to BES... (Calling their provider, changing the plan, backup the phone, whipe the phone, activate to bes, user wants data back, remove desktop sync service book, restore data without doing full restore, back to service book, undelete desktop sync...)
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October 25, 2012 2:45:50 PM

A BES is useless these days. Exchange 2010 Active Sync, maybe not as granular, but way less complicated and can still remote wipe. And either android or iphone can be tied to it.
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October 25, 2012 2:47:44 PM

"$2.1 million could have hired a lot of people to help enforce immigration law"

Well, lets assume that they will use the phones for two years on average [a conservative estimate IMO], then we're talking $1.05M per year. At $50k per employee [with benefits and employer side taxes and such, also probably conservative], that means money for 21 people-- or about 1 person per 100 miles of US/Mexico border
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October 25, 2012 3:07:01 PM

1 person and a .50 Caliber sniper rifle can cover 3 miles of border =)


or for that matter why dont we do what the south koreans did... and just mine the whole border - one time fee, and the buzzards clean up the idiots who think they can walk across it.
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October 25, 2012 3:12:45 PM

Or why don't we just take our nuclear stockpile and bomb the crap out of Northern Mexico-- make a 50 mile deep radioactive border...
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October 25, 2012 3:19:02 PM

frombehind1 person and a .50 Caliber sniper rifle can cover 3 miles of border =)or for that matter why dont we do what the south koreans did... and just mine the whole border - one time fee, and the buzzards clean up the idiots who think they can walk across it.

Please tell us what you did to make sure you were born where you were, and not in a desperately poor, violent area. I'm sure the people you would like to murder would like to know your method of choice. I'm sure your compassion for those less fortunate than yourself will be taken into account on judgement day. Good luck.
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October 25, 2012 3:50:08 PM

frombehind1 person and a .50 Caliber sniper rifle can cover 3 miles of border =)or for that matter why dont we do what the south koreans did... and just mine the whole border - one time fee, and the buzzards clean up the idiots who think they can walk across it.


Maybe that's what the Mexican's should have done before WE took their land.
You do remember that the entire southeastern part of today's USA belonged to Mexico, do you ?

Incidentally, unless you are of Native American heritage, where did YOUR ancestors come from?
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