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US Government continues shift away from BlackBerry

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US Government continues shift away from BlackBerry
We've seen stories like this popping up repeatedly over the last few months, but it looks like the trend isn't stopping. After seeing the Pentagon and US military begin to allow Android phones into the mix for personnel, now the General Services Administration is getting into the act and backing away from BlackBerry. 

This one could potentially be much more damaging for BlackBerry than any of the other shifts so far. The US General Services Administration is an independent government agency, and one of its main tasks is to provide supplies and communications for other government agencies. In total, the GSA manages $500 billion in government assets, including quite a bit of telecom and IT. As such, the GSA not only has a direct impact on what devices other agencies use, but the policies that the GSA enacts tend to become blueprints for other agencies. 

The trouble for BlackBerry is twofold here, because not only is the GSA planning to issue iPhones and Android devices to 17,000 of its workers, but it is also in the process of testing the use of employee's personal phones and tablets on government networks. This would be a way to cut costs for the government by not needing to supply employees with secondary devices, but it also means that BlackBerry will be losing more and more traction in a market that it has traditionally dominated.

Right now, BlackBerry accounts for about 95% of GSA devices, so that could be quite a hit for RIM. The GSA has said that it doesn't have any plans to stop using RIM servers though. 

source: Reuters

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posted on 14 Feb 2012, 15:57 2

1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


R.I.P. R.I.M.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 16:01 1

2. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


about time..

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 16:14

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


what about windows phones and tablets

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:07

4. snowgator (Posts: 3210; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Not a proven enough commodity for the Government. This is not a slam on WP, as everyone knows I am quite the cheerleader for them. It is just too new. They will need to see years of proven usage as a body of work before they will even consider them. How long has Android and the iPhone been players, and they are JUST NOW testing them out.

Case in point: When I got out of the U.S. Navy in 1996, communication gear was just beginning to test solid state equipment. I was still working on receivers that had vacuum tubes in them, for the love of all that's Holy. But transistors and tubes had a dependability to them, so the Navy was not in any hurry to move away from them.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 19:59

8. ph00ny (Posts: 602; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Needs to be FIPS certified

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 22:48

10. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Last time I checked iPhone was denied FIPS... I'll have to check though.

Checked. It is listed still as "in-process" though some of the older modules have been approved so may run older iOS versions.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:34 2

5. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Blackberry didn't adapt to a changing market and now android and iOS have picked up so much steam it will be hard to turn it around.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:39

6. lsutigers (Posts: 727; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Well said dreammixer...

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 19:47

7. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


RIM is stuck at the year 2004

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 20:00

9. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


I believe that after BB 10 gets a year rim is going to stop making their BB line and make a whole new device

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 05:47

11. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I SMILE WHEN I LOOK AT YOURCOMMENTS REGARDING RIM.

RIM WILL PREVAIL.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 10:04 1

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 621; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


All caps? You are a die hard, like those Symbian die hards.

RIM is basically killing themselves slowly, have you seen how stuck in the past every design they have come up with has been? Losing market share left right and center...it's good that you are on the positive thinking side. I gave up on RIM after owning two blackberries, Storm and Storm II and after both I went to android, noticed that RIM hasn't released anything worthwhile since the Torch. All their phones seem to sport the same specs.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 16:53

13. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


WELL BOSS. I OWN A CERAMIC WHITE GALAXY S2 AND A BOLD 9900 PLUS A 64GNAT PLAYBOOK AND IN STILL HAPPY WITH RIM ON THE CORPORATE SIDE. ANDROID IS FOR TWEAKING AND MODING.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 19:27

14. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Only e-thugs type in all caps. Are you a Rim-jobbing e-thug homes?

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