iPhone 5 picked over BlackBerry by government agency

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has announced its plans to move 400 employees to the iPhone 5 instead of BlackBerry.

“Performance issues” have been cited as the reason for this change.

The agency has decided to do the switch because BlackBerry devices have “been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate.”

“The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations,” the agency said in a recent document.

According to AllThingsD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives and the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement Agency have also given up on the BlackBerry.