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Pentagon says no orders for BlackBerry devices have been made

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Pentagon says no orders for BlackBerry devices have been made
A couple days ago, a report came out of the Department of Defense which talked about a new network of 100,000 devices, 80,000 of which were said to be BlackBerry devices. The assumption was made by most media outlets that this meant the Pentagon would be buying new devices, but now the Pentagon is clarifying and saying that no orders have been made.

In fact, it seems that no orders are planned to be made; and, the 80,000 BlackBerry devices that will be used are devices that the Pentagon already has in use. The real story actually doesn't have much good in it for BlackBerry, because the whole point of the new management system in the Pentagon is that it will be cross-platform and support a variety of Android and iOS devices. There has been no word about future purchasing plans, but obviously the Pentagon wouldn't build a cross-platform system if it didn't intend to expand the use of non-BlackBerry devices. 

The bad assumptions from the original reports led to a number of "BlackBerry is saved" articles from various sources, and those reports likely had a direct impact on BlackBerry stock jumping from $9 a share to almost $11 today (though it has already started dropping). Even so, there are still analysts who are positive about BlackBerry because of new CEO John Chen's focus on BlackBerry Enterprise Software rather than consumer handsets.

source: The Verge

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posted on 23 Jan 2014, 13:50 3

1. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Coffin, meet nail.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 16:53 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5770; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wouldn't write BB's obituary yet. But I wouldn't break out the champaign, either. BB needs to transition to a cross-platform world. There is still business to be done, it just isn't BB-centric anymore.

The real question is whether Chen and company can build a viable (and compelling) business model around cross-platform. Stay tuned.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 21:12 1

8. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The world doesn't need a BB. It does need BB's current portfolio of patents.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:23

11. reckless562 (Posts: 769; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


sad but, And, almost true

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 08:09

14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


The world does need BlackBerry. It has much to offer, not just patents. If you don't like something, that's your business, but keep your hater-like comments to yourself. That's like saying the world doesn't need Android, it just need needs any open source OS.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 13:59 1

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Its never pretty after the smoke clears.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 14:18 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 2413; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Too soon!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 14:31

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 11291; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Order iPhones, notes.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:24

12. reckless562 (Posts: 769; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


HAAAAAAA NEVER in a million.....

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 15:36 1

5. apple4never (Posts: 947; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol blackberry you're dead

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 19:26 1

7. BReND0 (Posts: 60; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Honestly. Heres just a thought. Cant wait for the hater comments Do you really think the pentagon is gonna tell anyone what phones their gonna buy and who from. Big brother

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:25

13. reckless562 (Posts: 769; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Finally someone other than me gets it, OF COURSE theyre NOT saying what they have!!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 23:18 1

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


The fact of the matter is, the DoD never said in any statement anywhere, that they were purchasing any new devices, be they BlackBerry devices or devices based on Android or iOS. ALL devices in use are legacy devices. Its also a fact that regardless, BlackBerry still has a commanding 98 percent of the devices used by the DoD. Some sites will report anything negative about BlackBerry, just for the sake of saying something negative.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 00:29

10. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


It was actually positive reporting when it made the rounds of tech sites that 80,000 BB devices would be bought by Pentagon. Oh ok, it was actually false-positive but still, it made the price of shares jump to $11 based on that supposed good news.

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