US agency dumps BlackBerry, chooses iPhone
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A United States (US) government agency has decided to buy iPhones for its employees, dumping its BlackBerry smartphones, citing their unreliability.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a public notice last week it would be contracting with Verizon Wireless for the iPhone 5, saying it is the "only device" that meets the agency's needs.
The iPhones will have an additional benefit of compatibility with Apple iPad tablets used by the agency.
The Apple iPhones "will replace the NTSB's existing BlackBerry devices, which have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate," the agency said in its notice.