Energy services major Halliburton plans to stop issuing
BlackBerry smartphones to employees in favor of Apples
iPhone, news reports said on Wednesday.
Halliburton said in a statement obtained by Reuters
and The New York Times that it would move 4,500 of its
employees with a RIM (Research In Motion) BlackBerry onto the
iPhone during the next two years.
We are making this transition in order to better
support our mobile applications initiatives," said spokeswoman
Tara Mullee Agard.
Halliburton has engaged with Apple on this
transition, she added.
The company did significant research into both
Apples mobile platform and Googles Android
operating system, according to Apple enthusiast blog
That research led Halliburton to determine that the
iOS platform offered the best capabilities, controls and
security for application development, the blog said.
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,
Halliburton told employees in an internal newsletter.
The BlackBerry smartphones have dominated corporate mobile
communications in recent years, due to their perceived email
and security reliability.
However, Apple products and smartphones have increased their
challenge to BlackBerry in recent months, and RIM has begun
losing corporate market share, the reports say.
Halliburton is one of the worlds largest energy
service firms, with 70,000 employees in 80 countries.