ATF Ditching BlackBerry Handsets for iPhones
Apple’s iPhone is invading another government agency and this time its the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The ATF will swap out 3,800 BlackBerry handsets with replacement devices, 60% of which will be iPhones according to Politico. The ATF will complete the change over a one year time span with ATF Chief Information Officer Rick Holgate confirming the ATF is going to “delete BlackBerry from the mix.”
The biggest reason for the departure is device functionality according to Holgate. While BlackBerry devices share many of the same features with the iPhone like GPS, cameras, and video streaming, the iPhone's ease of use and adaptability make a “more functional and compelling case.”
The ATF is currently readying software licenses and updating their mobile device infrastructure to accommodate the new devices. Roughly 2,400 special agents will begin receiving their iPhones as early as March. The ATF’s will replace the remaining 1,400 BlackBerry devices with other undisclosed handsets(Windows Mobile? Android? Symbian...ha.)
The ATF’s adoption of the iPhone follows the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s decision adopt the iPhone. Which government agency will be next?