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By The Canadian Press  | February 07, 2012

TORONTO – In another blow to troubled Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion, energy drilling giant Halliburton Co. says it will replace its company-issued BlackBerrys with competitor Apple’s iPhone.

Halliburton said Tuesday it is making the move after deciding that Apple’s technology works better with the programs it uses in the field. A spokeswoman for the firm says the plan will phase out 4,500 BlackBerrys from its operations.

“We are making this transition in order to better support our mobile applications initiatives,” said Tara Mullee Agard.

“Halliburton has engaged with Apple on this transition, which is scheduled to take place over the next two years.”

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