Blackberry looses sole hold of US agency GSA

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Research in Motion’s former CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie might have escaped the problems of the company by stepping down their positions a month ago. What could they be thinking after reading news articles of their baby? Would they be infuriated or sad?

According to a report from Bloomberg, the US government’s General Services Administration or GSA will begin issuing iPhones to their employees. Their employees now have two phones, the BlackBerry and the iPhone.

According to Deborah Ruiz, spokesperson of GSA, anybody from their office can choose from an Apple device or an Android whichever they think would be more beneficial to them.

According to RIM, they still have about a million government clients, though CEO Thorsten Heins will be concerned considering the latest development.

Just a week ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided that beginning May they will be issuing iPhones to their employees in lieu of the BlackBerry.

Halliburton on the other hand also made a decision to shift from BlackBerry to other handsets. Other companies like Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Standard Chartered have also made similar decisions.

Sales of BlackBerry smart phones are surprisingly doing well in other markets. But their sales have significantly dropped in North America particularly in the US.

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