The City of Waterloo voted this week to renew a three-year agreement with service provider Bell, a deal worth roughly $172,000 annually.
The City, which exclusively uses BlackBerry as its smartphone provider, has 370 BlackBerrys, but only 50 run on the company’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Mayor Brenda Halloran says the “instant connection” smartphones provide the city is a necessity. They also allow citizens to report problems more quickly and easily, and eliminate paperwork as well.
Given that BlackBerry is headquartered in Waterloo—even though it’s selling off a bunch of real estate there—it’s no surprise to hear Halloran say the city has no intention of switching from BlackBerry to iOS or Android.