End is nigh for beleaguered RIM as clients upgrade to Apple iPhones and iPads

“According to analysts, Research in Motion will be forced to lower the fees it charges carriers for BlackBerry services this year,” Diallah Haidar writes for Wall St. Cheat Sheet.
“RIM, once the only option for secure mobile connection, has now fallen behind most of its major competitors. The company has failed to counter the threats of companies and governments allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for work,” Haidar writes. “To add to a lack of a growing clientele, many current carriers are disgruntled with BlackBerry service fees.”

Haidar writes, “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, has announced that they will now use iPhones due to better maps, streaming video, and applications on the Apple devices. Many other U.S. agencies have also dropped RIM, including the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and oilfield services company Halliburton,”

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