Pentagon clarifies tech buying policy; not dropping BlackBerry

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in iPhone edited January 2014
The Department of Defense on Thursday said recent reports that it is dropping support for BlackBerry in favor of iPhones were "in error."

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DoD spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told PC Magazine on Thursday that the Pentagon still counts BlackBerry among the device solutions it is planning to support. Currently working out its mobility strategy, the Pentagon has plans to equip personnel with an array of devices running BlackBerry, iOS, and Google's Android operating system.

"The Department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is 'dropping' BlackBerry,'" Pickart said. "This reporting is in error. The Department recently released its mobility strategy and supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices, to include BlackBerry."

Pickart also cast doubt on Wednesday's report that the Department is set to buy 650,000 iOS devices with which to replace aging mobile hardware.

"[O]ur mobility experts are looking into what has been reported," he said, "and are not familiar with the figures quoted in that report/article."

On Wednesday, Electronista released its second report in a month on purported DoD plans to move away from BlackBerry's platform. A report earlier in March held that the Pentagon was close to slashing the test budget for BlackBerry 10 in light of the federal government budget sequester.

In late February, Pickart told AppleInsider that, while the Department was indeed opening its networks to iOS and Android devices in 2014, there would be no one-size-fits-all approach to mobile technology.

"Each organization is going to have different needs," he told AppleInsider at the time. "By having a family of mobile devices from which we can choose, we'll be better able to tailor devices and offerings to organizations' needs."

The Department currently supports more than 600,000 mobile devices in use in both standard operations and pilot programs. That figure includes roughly 470,000 BlackBerry devices, about 80,000 Android devices, and 41,000 iOS devices.

Electronista, for its part, is standing by its initial assertion, citing the high placement of its source on the DoD's plans.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    Well, it had nothing to do with a day trader pushing up Apple stock, because they're still down…


     


    RIM paying them off? image

  • Reply 2 of 11
    isaidsoisaidso Posts: 750member
    Just one more reason why it would be so much better if everyone would just shut the F up about Apple rumors.
    It's really not as fun as it was in the old days anyway.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    realisticrealistic Posts: 1,154member
    Until Apple announces and / or reports something officially, I ignore all the rumors.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    pedromartinspedromartins Posts: 1,333member


    So... He had to say that because Obama will be the only one with a blackberry device.

  • Reply 5 of 11
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Well, it had nothing to do with a day trader pushing up Apple stock, because they're still down…


     


    RIM paying them off? image





    It would be nice to see fewer comments of that kind. I realize you're being sarcastic, but it's a weird anomaly on here where people complain about trolling then post the same thing with an implied /s. Regarding AAPL, AI seems to believe it remains fairly stable at the moment.

  • Reply 6 of 11
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    Originally Posted by Realistic View Post

    Until Apple announces and / or reports something officially, I ignore all the rumors.




    Do they ever report things like this?

  • Reply 7 of 11
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,597member


    Military Intelligence - oxymoron - "we support more Android devices than iOS devices."

  • Reply 8 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,408moderator
    The Department currently supports more than 600,000 mobile devices in use in both standard operations and pilot programs. That figure includes roughly 470,000 BlackBerry devices, about 80,000 Android devices, and 41,000 iOS devices.

    Electronista, for its part, is standing by its initial assertion, citing the high placement of its source on the DoD's plans.

    It probably makes sense to avoid saying you are dropping a product currently in use by 470,000 members of staff. Either way, it's not all that important what they use predominantly and it sort of goes against reports about Android security the fact they are currently using more Android devices than iOS devices. I've no doubt the distribution there will change in time to the detriment of Blackberry but as the person said, it doesn't have to be a one-size-fits-all. People should be allowed their own preferred choice.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,789member


    Black Berry Down

  • Reply 10 of 11
    Blackberry isn't dead and it's not going anywhere.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    Originally Posted by Blackberry 4Me View Post

    Blackberry isn't dead and it's not going anywhere.


     


    Yes, it's dead. It's going away. 

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