“This is turning out to be a rough week for BlackBerry maker RIM when it comes to international relations: the latest blow is that the European Commission has opted for the iPhone and HTC handsets over the BlackBerry to roll out to its employees,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET.
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“‘Following this evaluation, the HTC and the iPhones emerged as the most suitable platforms for voice/mail-centric mobile devices. As a result, the Commission currently supports these two platforms,’ spokesman for the EC wrote in an e-mail statement sent to CNET on Wednesday,” Whitney reports. “The new choice of phone will affect around 2,500 of the organization’s 32,000 employees, according to the spokesman.”
Whitney reports, “The thumbs-down [for RIM] from the EC comes amid growing concerns and complaints from various countries about RIM’s BlackBerry network. Some government officials have argued that RIM’s tight security and encryption protocols prevent them from monitoring and accessing customer data in the name of national security.”
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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]