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.