Home improvement retailer Home Depot (HD) plans to end its contract with BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY), formerly known as Research In Motion, in favor of Apple (AAPL)’s iPhone and iOS, AppleInsider has learned. The fifth-largest retailer in the world has already begun transitioning some 10,000 BlackBerry devices that it had provided its store managers and corporate level employees with versions of the iPhone 4S, according to the report.
A representative for the home improvement chain confirmed the transition to AI:
“We are replacing our current base of BlackBerry technology with iPhones,” the representative said, clarifying that the move applies only to store managers, district managers, other corporate-level staffers, and field ops.”
Home Depot’s defection, which is the latest in a series of corporate and regulatory heavyweights, most notably by consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Australian Treasury Department, illustrates once again the challenges the Waterloo, Canada – based company continues to face in the mobile device space that’s increasingly dominated by Android and iOS.
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