Nova Scotia

Premier not snubbing RIM after Apple tender

Nova Scotia's Premier is personally trying to reassure the makers of the BlackBerry that the province is not snubbing their Playbook after calling for tenders to possibly buy 40 iPads from Apple.

Nova Scotia's Premier is personally trying to reassure the makers of the BlackBerry that the province is not snubbing their Playbook after calling for tenders to possibly buy 40 iPads from Apple.

The province invested millions of dollars luring Research in Motionto the province  and has cultivated a close relationship with senior executives at RIM.

Darrell Dexter said the idea is to reduce the amount of paper flying around between bureaucrats.

"Other provinces in fact have gone over to make their cabinet offices paperless and have found that they save money so obviously that's something that we're going to look at," said Dexter.

The premier said the province is not looking to deal exclusively with Apple — RIM's direct competition in the computer tablet market.

"What's happening is that one technology is being added to the standard contract list. Playbooks will be added as well."

Dexter is sensitive to the fact RIM is a major employer in the province, especially since its share price has been tumbling and its Playbook has underperformed.

So to highlight his government's deep commitment to RIM, Dexter was quick to point to the province's support to the companies other main product.

"We in this province have a great relationship with RIM and we use almost 3,000 BlackBerrys."

Dexter said the province still hasn't decided whether it will even buy the Apple iPads.

 

 

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