RIM’s BlackBerry Ditched By Bank of America And Citigroup In Favor Of iPhone

Research in Motion (RIM) do not seem to be having a very good week, following on from news that Dell employees have now been offered Venue Pros instead of the BlackBerry device. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Bank of America and Citigroup are now thinking along the same lines in changing over their current handsets.

According to Stan Schroeder at Mashable, in a professional working sense, this is not the ideal situation for RIM to be in. Although the BlackBerry is geared up for the business user, it appears that iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices are now the chosen option. This news follows on from reports that Citigroup and Bank of America are looking into and testing the iPhone and Android software security in line with internal messaging. It is hoped that this will give a wider choice of handset for employees.

Jeff McDowell, Senior Vice President for RIM said, “The opportunities for both corporate-issued and employee-purchased smartphones are growing. RIM provides the best overall platform for chief information officers to address both scenarios without compromising security or manageability.” Speaking from an Apple earnings call, CEO Steve Jobs commented on RIM by saying, “It’s going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive marketplace.”

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