AT&T receives BlackBerry Z10 demo units while BlackBerry 10 fails U.K. government security test

AT&T receives BlackBerry Z10 demo units while BlackBerry 10 fails U.K. government security test
As AT&T prepares for its launch of the BlackBerry Z10 on Friday, some disturbing news came out from the U.K. government which might negatively impact BlackBerry's goal to win back the U.K. business market. More on that later. First, in the U.S., with demo units of the BlackBerry Z10 making their way to AT&T stores, the device is getting ready to go on sale for $199.99 with a signed two-year pact, starting on Friday.

Meanwhile, in the U.K., the government ruled that the BlackBerry 10 OS was not secure enough to work on essential programs. The main culprit is BlackBerry Balance. This is the feature that allows you to have your work contacts and apps locked up when you are using your device for play. It is designed to allow BlackBerry to gain some share in the workplace from iOS and Android phones that have become popular with the BYOD crowd. The previous BlackBerry OS build, 7.1, was approved by the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) last December and was cleared for  classifications up to "Restricted," two levels below "Secret". Meanwhile, BlackBerry says that while the CESG has not passed BlackBerry 10, no date could be given as to when it would submit revised software. BlackBerry could lose millions in potential sales if its phones are not up to government security standards.

Meanwhile, sales of the Z10 in the U.K. are said to be dropping after a strong start. According to James Faucette at Pacific Crest, sell-through rates have declined sharply, inventories are above typical levels, and we have seen Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U, two of the biggest names for mobile sales in the U.K., cut the price of the phone sharply.

source: TheGuardian, Crackberry


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10 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting how the Z10 hasn't received certification from U.S. NSA for Top Secret information, either. Somehow, I suspect the two events (U.K. GCHQ and U.S. NSA lack of certification) are related. Cousin-to-cousin, as it were....

10. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

This "article" has been updated by nearly all other media to be completely inaccurate. But the truth doesn't support the author's narrative.

2. MarioGomez

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Overpriced and epic fail. BlackBerry keeps moving to your grave.

4. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Keep hatin and watch it succeed :p

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I like BB. If they die, this would be a big loss for all of us. I wish them the best luck. But, I doubt they can survive.

3. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Garbage phone and software. They are dying!

5. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

The only garbage is android and ios with it's old fashioned OS and home button

6. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Blackberry was in our office yesterday demoing off the Z10. I have to say I was rather impressed by it. It is really smooth. The Time Shift feature in the camera is pretty cool. The reason I believe they aren't being accepted by governments is because they ditched their old servers that were ridiculously secure. I don't think they'll take market share away anytime soon, but I think the new OS has a lot of potential after playing with it.

7. Stance

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Alan F. and phoneArena -- perhaps you should have checked your source or with the UK government first before reporting this. (make your own link with three w's below). Title of article: "UK government dismisses BlackBerry 10 security blacklist rumours" ww.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2256031/blackberry-denies-b​b10-and-z10-flunked-uk-government-security-test

9. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Wow, 2 articles on the same erronious story / lie and neither updated nor retracted.

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