"Of course, we are disappointed by this decision," Paul Lucier, VP, Government Solutions said in a statement. "I'm confident that BlackBerry is, and will continue to be, the best solution for government agencies.
Lucier pointed to a recent study by Strategy Analytics concluding that the BlackBerry was more cost-effective and secure than its rival product, adding that RIM supported a million government customers in North America. "We are working hard to make our new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10, meet the future needs of government customers," he added.
The news was first carried by Reuters.
In its statement, the agency, also known by the acronym ICE, said that Apple's management over both its hardware platform and underlying operating system made a better technology fit for its needs. "The iPhone services will allow these individuals to leverage reliable, mobile technology on a secure and manageable platform in furtherance of the agency's mission," ICE said in the statement.