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Department of Defense is not dropping BlackBerry, says report of iOS buy is in error

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Department of Defense is not dropping BlackBerry, says report of iOS buy is in error
Wednesday's report that the Department of Defense was placing an order to buy 650,000 iOS devices is not true, according to spokesperson Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, who says that he is unaware of such an order. Lt. Col. Pickart said that the agency is "moving to a new mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices," which happens to include BlackBerry.  The spokesman said that the agency is testing a multi-vendor approach and is planning on supporting 100,000 devices by February 2014.

The Department is said to be testing iOS, Android and BlackBerry and is looking to employ both smartphones and tablets. Lt. Col. Pickart said that the Department of Defense currently has over 600,000 devices in operational and pilot use. 470,000 of these are BlackBerry units; 41,000 are iOS devices and 8,700 are powered by Android.

"The department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is 'dropping' BlackBerry. 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."-Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, official DoD spokesman

"Our work with the U.S. Department of Defense is going well and the U.S. Department of Defense is moving forward with testing of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. We are currently working with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and anticipate Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) and Security Requirement Guide (SRG) approval for the BlackBerry Device Service, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook by early April. BlackBerry was the first to go through the new SRG process by the Defense Department and will be the first to successfully come out of it."-BlackBerry

source: PCMag

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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:42 10

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5046; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, 470,000 BlackBerry units? Really? (FAINTS)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:45 6

2. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


hahaha!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:47 7

3. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


thanks God....I wouldn't imagine to have a tablet or phone (iConboard) for work
1) that is not able to copy any file
2) and open it in any app
3) and can not install company's one purpose app

without these 3 points, please, tell me, where is productivity? :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:04 11

4. JC557 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


To use Angry Birds as a lesson in attack and defense?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:16 2

7. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


hahahaha you took a laughter from me hahaha That was fun :D

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:46

14. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Funny, but you just didn't get it :-)

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 05:14

17. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Just kidding :-)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:05 3

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yeeeeesssss! The DoD needs to sue apple now...just because.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:08 5

6. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Took some time before the original article here to get retracted. LOLZ. But good to see the truth gets posted even if it's delayed.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:30

8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


This Story did in deed take a while to get retracted... Kinda reminds me of that there Roswell incident wit dem dang ole aliens over yonder... hehehe

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:35

9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Likely, news that don't fit their narrative actually gets a double and triple check. LOLZ.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:45

10. apiskula (Posts: 540; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Drop the blackberry. It's junk!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:50 8

11. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


not as junkish as as i-junk

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:00 5

12. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Not because I am not a fan of Apple, but I was pretty irritated with that report yesterday to spend our tax dollars on high end smart phones when Blackberry has been working securely for them for years. Hate me if you want. You as Amercians can spend your money on whatever phone you want, but when our tax dollars start going towards these expensive devices for reasons other than only being secure (seems a bit more pleasure or to be "cool" america) I am not ok with it. Just my opinion, let the thumbs rain down.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:36 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6118; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Good news. LOL @ iOS.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 19:32

15. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


coz gain its more secure than iOS or android!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 21:06 1

16. networkdood (Posts: 6246; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Makes sense as it takes how many updates for Apple to make their phone secure?

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