The second largest US automaker has announced it plans to switch from flip phones and BlackBerry smartphones to Apple’s iPhones for some of its worldwide employee base in the next couple of years.
According to Sara Tatchio, a Ford spokeswoman, the company plans to get 3,300 workers to change from Blackberry phones to iPhones by 2015, with another 6,000 that used flip phones to get the new smartphones over the course of the next two years.
“We are going to get everyone on iPhones,” Tatchio said. “It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs in a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device.”
“While we can’t comment on this customer, we understand that there is diversity and choice in the market,” said Adam Emery, a BlackBerry spokesman. “Enterprises should think twice about relying on any solution built on the foundation of a consumer technology that lacks the proven security benefits that BlackBerry has always delivered.”
On the other hand, BlackBerry is now the choice for Ford’s next-generation version of its Sync in-car infotainment system. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company has been reported to make the change to the QNX operating system as it replaces the previous generation – developed by the Microsoft Corporation.