The National Transportation Safety Board, the government agency that investigates aviation accidents, will move completely away from BlackBerry, choosing the iPhone 5 as their smartphone of choice. It is also extending its contracts with Verizon.
The NTSB is the latest U.S. Government agency to give RIM’s BlackBerry the boot. In a public filing last week, the NTSB cites a rising trend in problems with their BlackBerries and an increase in how often those problems occur.
This requirement is for the acquisition of Apple iPhone 5 devices. These Apple devices will replace the NTSB’s existing blackberry devices, which have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate. The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry-out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations.
The NTSB is the latest in a wave of government agencies ditching the Canadian fruit in favor of the Californian fruit. Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they were going to begin moving more than 17,000 employees from BlackBerry to iPhone.
You can view the NTSB’s full “iPhone 5 Justification” filing, here [PDF].
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