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US Safety Board Drops BlackBerry Over Reliability Concerns

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The US government agency responsible for transport safety has recommended dropping support for Research in Motion's BlackBerry smartphones due to concerns over their reliability.

The National Transportation Safety Board has decided to recomend switching to the Apple iPhone 5 in a safety notice posted on its website.

The NTSB claimed that the BlackBerrys had been "failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate,"

The agency "requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations," it wrote.

The wireless connectivity is provided by Verizon Wireless, and that is not affected by the decision.

The loss of the contract is small in material terms, as the agency employs only around 400 staff, but it is symbolic and part of an ongoing trend by US government agencies to reduce their historic reliance on BlackBerry smartphones.

On the web: NTSB Notice

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