Halliburton Moving from BlackBerry to iPhone

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Halliburton is the latest to deal Research in Motion (RIM) a blow by announcing a plan to phase out Research In Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones and replace them with iPhones from Apple Inc. over the next two years.

Toronto’s The Globe and Mail reported that Halliburton, the Houston-based energy and logistics giant, will be phasing out its existing BlackBerrys, with an estimated 4,500 devices being converted to iPhones. Research In Motion is based in Canada.

Halliburton said that Apple’s technology works better in the field with the programs it uses, and that it has been working with Apple in planning this transition.

RIM has been described as “beleaguered” for some time, and this seems to be another indicator of how it is losing its footing in the enterprise market, a market it once dominated.

BlackBerry devices have been dropping in market share and stood at only 8.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to data published by IDC on Monday.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Well.

wab95

This also seems to contribute to a growing pattern of company and corporate - level replacement of the BlackBerry with the iPhone, as opposed to an Android device - at least insofar as I can tell.

RonMacGuy

This also seems to contribute to a growing pattern of company and corporate - level replacement of the BlackBerry with the iPhone, as opposed to an Android device - at least insofar as I can tell.

Yes, it would seem that most self-respecting companies like the idea of a ‘walled garden’ which translates into less pain to deal with managing, say, 4,500 devices.

zewazir

The iPhone is DOOMED I tell you! DOOMED! Android will relegate iPhones and iPads to a tiny niche market where they will languish, only supported by unthinking Apple fanboys while the rest of the world moves on to the greater universe of open source.

Did I miss any talking points?

Tiger

Research in Motion aka, epitome of stagnation!

wab95

And the slide continues, with the loss of a US Govt NOAA contract.

Things must be looking grim at RIM.

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