Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to become a top priority for The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) for communications needs. In a recent report, the agency said that it intends to terminate its contract with Research In Motion Ltd, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone.
The evident reason for this switch over is that RIM is now unable to meet the mobile technology needs of the agency.
The decision may turn into lucrative benefits as the agency is about to purchase iPhones for more than 17,600 employees – resulting in net worth of $2.1 million.
Analysts expect this move of ICE may conclude a new blow to RIM just months before it launches a new device. ICE has relied on RIM for eight years.
Prior to making this decision, the agency went through a comprehensive analysis of all prominent devices, including Apple’s iOS-based iPhone and Google Inc’s Android operating system.
Apple’s strategies, including tight controls of the hardware platform and operating system, were the main reasons ICE selected the company.
According to the agency, iPhone will be provided to a variety of officers and employees including Enforcement and Removal Operations officers, Homeland Security Investigations and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees.
RIM is on the verge to make the debut of its new BB10 smartphone in early 2013. The Company is confident that this new device will compete with iPhones and Android phones.
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