Halliburton Gives BlackBerry a Crude Awakening
One of the biggest names in energy is bidding farewell to the BlackBerry. Halliburton is beginning a "corporate transition" away from the struggling RIM product and embracing Apple's iOS platform.
"Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone," the company told its employees in an electronic communication circulated internally this month.
Halliburton, however, didn't reach the decision lightly. The company claims to have performed extensive research into the attributes of competing platforms, including devices powered by Google's Android operating system. Ultimately, the corporate giant "determined that the iOS platform offered the best capabilities, controls and security for application development."
BlackBerry has been the company's official mobile device for more than a decade. "Approximately 4,500 Halliburton employees currently have BlackBerrys," a company rep told Apple Insider Monday, adding that the transition is taking place "in order to better support our mobile applications initiatives."
Rolling out the iPhone 4S to Halliburton employees could take upwards of two years - or, you know, right about when the iPhone 4S will be so outdated that it may need to be replaced by another new iPhone
Source: Apple Insider