A new research on the use of mobile devices in the enterprise sector reveals that BlackBerry smartphones are losing their grip on the top spot to Apple rival, the iPhone.
“The Government Business Council, Government Executive’s research arm, identified huge shifts in BlackBerry use among federal managers between August 2009 and September 2011,” wrote the NextGov report.
Three years ago, more than 77 per cent of federal managers surveyed considered themselves to be “crackberry addicts”. Now, the use of RIM’s smartphones has dropped to less than 50 per cent.
Riding an opposite trend, iPhone has almost tripled its percentage on the federal sector, reaching at the end of 2012 an impressive 23 per cent. iPads are also moving into BlackBerry territory, seducing federal managers away from RIM.
iPads account for 17 per cent of this market and Android high-end smartphones account for 25 per cent. Stefan Leeb, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was one of the managers involved in the market shift.
“We don’t want to be stuck with BlackBerrys,” he explained for NextGov. “It’s not because we don’t like BlackBerrys. It’s because we want to have other capabilities.”