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Samsung wins order from military as it takes business away from BlackBerry

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Samsung wins order from military as it takes business away from BlackBerry
Samsung could be replacing BlackBerry as the smartphone of choice for the U.S. military. The Army recently gave an order to Samsung for 7000 smartphones, and another order for several thousand more could soon be coming from the NSA, according to people familiar with the situation. The army order was for Samsung's Nett Warrior system which gives a soldier a chest mounted Samsung GALAXY Note II phablet for use on the battlefield. Sammy already had a contract to supply the military with the Nett Warrior system, and the new order expands the number of GALAXY Note II units Samsung has in combat.

Samsung, in a comment, said that it is seeing great progress in having its devices adopted by the military. BlackBerry has always had a step on other smartphone manufacturers thanks to its secure OS. But by getting orders from the military, Samsung might be able to snag more orders from corporations, who in the past had to rely on BlackBerry handsets.

With the troubles that BlackBerry has had keeping customers, its market share among businesses has dropped from 70% in 2010 to 5% last year And once you lose those customers, it's nearly impossible to win them back. BlackBerry has indeed won some new customers including ITC in India. In addition, current customer DATEV in Germany will add BES and 1000 BlackBerry phones. But here is an example of what is ailing BlackBerry. The company says it has 80,000 business customers, but 50,000 are using BlackBerry OS 7 instead of the new BlackBerry OS 10. Of the 4.3 million BlackBerry phones sold in the third quarter, 3.2 million were sales of the older platform.

With Samsung making progress in BlackBerry's old neighborhood, the latter doesn't have too much time trying to win back the affections of the enterprise and the military.

source: WSJ

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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:12 5

1. twens (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Go sammy

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 16:41

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 2363; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I dont think Samsung is that secure, infact I dont think any of andriod phone is that secure...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 20:44

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6673; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Now the ANDROID ARMY can really rock.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:28 4

2. cripton805 (Posts: 964; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Douchebag Samsung putting BB out of business.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:52 7

3. tech2 (Posts: 2321; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow !!....Just Wow !!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:59 3

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Calm down bro, BB is still alive and it's still the best when it comes to security, better than Samsung's freaking Knox.

BB isn't really out of business, because there are more BB phones coming soon. I'm still excited about their flagship this year.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 01:35

6. cripton805 (Posts: 964; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Come at me bro. You want a benchmark throwdown? Right here right now. My overclocked Moto G is off the scouter bro.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 03:52 4

7. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


got anything to back that up?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:13 3

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Well according to the US army, seems it's the other way around.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:32 3

13. jroc74 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. This is the US govt....they might like to save money but when it comes to the military...they dont play around.

They wouldnt have made this decision if Samsung was really so unsecure it would be dangerous to use.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:57 3

12. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


As an owner of a BlackBerry 10 phone, and 2 Samsung tablets, I'm still a little wowed by your statement. Supply and demand. If the product works and the price is right, then that's where the government will spend their $. I don't want to see BlackBerry die, and I LOVE BB10, but this is the way of things. Who is to say that another branch of the government won't put in an order for a few thousand BlackBerry phone in a few months?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:36 2

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2054; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


How is it Samsung's fault if enterprises prefer their phones over BlackBerry's ?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 17:43

18. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Uh, it's not lol. I never said it was.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 01:27

5. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


Ouch. Definitley not the best way to start the quarter. Hope BBs new line up can make up for these losses.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:21

8. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


army with Sammy

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:23

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 3079; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Uncle Sam

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:13

10. tenzin (Posts: 92; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


Nsa hates BlackBerry because can't spying otherwise BlackBerry 10 is much more modern and easier to use as android. I switched from s3 to z30 and can confirm that z30 is with dual core is much faster then 4core galaxy s4 also once u try gesture os never want to back to android.gesture os saving your time and can easily operate 5inch screen with one hand

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:35

14. jroc74 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Only thing I will agree with in this post is the NSA....maybe the US military too might want a mobile platform where they can spy on their personnel.

I never used BB10 or the new phones so I dont really know about it vs the competition.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:36 2

16. wilsong17 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


maybe the army want something that

It's fast, stable and have good battery life

an they can put they own system

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 20:07 1

19. jroc74 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....modify the OS how they see fit. Android right now is the only way to go for that.

I have seen many in house data entry systems made by the govt. You have a point.

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