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New Zealand police to buy 10,000 iOS devices, beating out Android and BlackBerry

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New Zealand police to buy 10,000 iOS devices, beating out Android and BlackBerry
New Zealand Police Commissioner Peter Marshall checks out an Apple iPad during the trial

New Zealand Police Commissioner Peter Marshall checks out an Apple iPad during the trial

100 New Zealand cops tested out the Apple iPhone against an Android handset and a BlackBerry model for 11 months. Now that the testing process is all over, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Police Minister Anne Tolley announced on Wednesday that 10,000 iOS devices will be ordered by the New Zealand police. 6,000 frontline officers will receive an Apple iPhone while 3,900 of them will also receive an Apple iPad. The move comes as the police shift carriers from Telecom to Vodafone.

The purchase will cost $4.3 million NZ ($3.75 million USD) over a three month period. Over ten years, the program will cost $159 million NZ ($134.7 million USD), but will be worth it as productivity is expected to benefit by $305 million NZ ($258.5 million USD) over the ten years.

The news comes a few days after Australia's Treasury Department decided to replace the current BlackBerry models used with iOS devices. That move comes despite problems with Apple Maps that made Australian police and firefighters publicly renounce the app as being life-threatening and dangerous.

"The trial showed the most useful tools for officers were small personal devices for making phone calls or text messaging, accessing email, and accessing information and photo databases, and a larger such as a laptop or tablet for staff who need to do more data entry. Based on frontline officer feedback from the trial the preferred devices are the iPhone as smartphone and iPad for the tablet. The approach used to develop the applications means Police can move to other devices with relative ease as technology changes."-Stephen Crombie, Chief Information Officer, New Zealand Police

source: NationalBusinessReview via AppleInsider

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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:34 5

1. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Apple Rocks ♥

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 05:22 3

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes they do. I think the New Zealand police force made a solid choice in the iPhone. Android, wp8, and BB10 would've been good as well, but Hey they chose apple...not bad at all.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:14 6

22. Ohrules (Posts: 314; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


is that a product? apple rocks?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:50 3

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No but the extremely good iPhone, and iPad are products and they're the New Zealand PD products of choice. Now run along and be a good little apple hater

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 07:56 1

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


Pretty sure its due to corruption.....otherwise they buy much much cheaper Nexus 7 with pc connection, free file copy etc.....enough for service to people!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:38 8

2. pongkie (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they should have invested to more rugged devices.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:07 5

11. jsdechavez (Posts: 702; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


They better not get caught playing games on those iPads on duty.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:14 2

15. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Me thought the same, they will enjoy playing NFS Most Wanted most. And I hope they know how to install Google Maps before they lost in pursuit

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:56

17. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


AHhaha... lol

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:44 4

3. naveenstuns (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


WTF!!!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:46 12

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Funny, those policemen say Apple maps is dangerous, and now they line up for an iPad?

Another tax money wasted... Lol
simple nexus 7 or a playbook should be fine for them, not iPad lol

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:00 3

6. Equilibrium (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Australia and New Zealand are two different countries bro.

Also these are policeman, while the previous article was talking about fire services.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:32 4

9. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I can't believe wendygarett is talking like this.
I have to give a thousand thumb-ups for that comment

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:09 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wendy go back, and re read those two articles...please.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:50 1

5. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


NZ authority must be out of their mind. (jealous. i want iPad mini) lol

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:07 1

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 702; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Agree. A plaything for work?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:22 3

7. nikenturd (unregistered)


first thing a police officer need on a smartphone is a battery that will last him through the day plus a rock solid exterior tha doent crack....An iPhone???? come on now

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:26 2

8. nikenturd (unregistered)


This is all part of Apple's propaganda to salvage their dwindling stock value.....Given the choice, i honestly dont think they couldve opted for a brittle phone .. money talks indeed

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:13 2

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man shut up! All you ever talk about is this propaganda crap. If they chose apple they chose apple. Who cares, other than you? The New Zealand police force knows what they're doing, while you sit at home on the couch and whine babble, and moan. Apple is their supplier and you can't do a darn thing about... BIG BABY!!!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:41 3

10. alterecho (Posts: 1079; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


They could have considered a 920. It could have doubled as a weapon/shield.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:34 1

16. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


New Zealand together with USA ,Australia, Canada ,UK and Japan are all stupid because they don't like android.
They are also some of the most technologically advanced countries but that's another story.
Anyway it seems like if you like ios you are stupid nowadays, maybe new Zealand's police should ask the guys over here on what should they buy.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 05:20 2

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That was the most STUPID comment I've ever heard.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 05:53 2

20. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Welcome to phonearena little girl

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:18 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Please see comment #18.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:30 1

25. lyndon420 (Posts: 1731; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Come on Dark...say something intelligent. We need guidance oh smart one.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:36 2

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Choose what you like, and don't allow others to pressure u into buying what they like.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:39 1

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And Lyndon go back and read funnyguys comment. U know as well as I, that comment made no sense at all

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:07 1

31. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Well I think there are a lot of responses for a comment that makes no sense...
This comment is designed to make people question themselves, you don't really understand what I said but subconsciously your mind does...
In other words people on phonearena are being really smart asses saying that American people or Japanese people are stupid for choosing or buying ios devices but the truth to be told both these countries have the biggest history when it comes to electronics ...
In other worlds they know something most people dont

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:18 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now u sound like an intelligent grownup, and not the typical close minded, my way or the highway, android loving, apple hater.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 05:54

21. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


I hope they will not use the Apple Maps, then they will be next to announce Maps Dangerous, Maps not Healthy, Maps No No.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:28 1

24. lyndon420 (Posts: 1731; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Well...if they do use apple maps, at least rescue services will be close by if/when you get lost.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:15

33. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


Haha. That's a good one.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:33

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And Australia considers Apple maps dangerous. Bribes can work wonders and nothing is easier than Bribing politicians.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:44

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Inew zealand

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:24 2

34. Eonnaydra (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I have an Samsung galaxy s3 and iPhone 5 I love them both but the iPhone is lag free and never freeze up on me so I can say that the iPhone's iOS is better/stable than the Android.I think this is the reason wherefore the police has made this choice.It's my opinion :) .

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:36 1

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I have the iPhone 5 and note 2, and I agree with u 100%. There's also two apps on my note 2 that force close a lot, score center and flipboard.

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