BlackBerry grabs 98% of new Pentagon management system

BlackBerry grabs 98% of new Pentagon management system
On January 31st, the Pentagon will press the start button for its new management system. The initiative is designed to wean the GI Joes off of tethered workstations, and on to mobile devices. The idea of the $16 million plan is to make sure that up to 300,000 military users don't leak military data or corrupt military networks while mobile.

When the new system goes online at the end of the month, 80,000 BlackBerry units and 1800 iOS and Android phones will be activated. Other devices expected to be used by the Pentagon include the Third and fourth generation Apple iPads, the Apple iPhone 4s and Apple iPhone 5, Samsung's 10.1 inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Motorola DROID RAZR handsets. The particular BlackBerry models being purchased by the Pentagon are unknown.

At the end of this month, those using the mobile management system will have access to an app store with 16 apps presently included, encryption keys for the Defense Department and enterprise email. At the end of May, these users will receive an update allowing them to edit Microsoft Office files including Word documents.



source: NextGov, BBNews.pl (translated) via BerryReview

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29 Comments

1. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

Now that's a comeback good job Chen & way to go BB.

13. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Don't call it a comeback. They'll need a lot more than that if they want longevity.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1. The article didn't specify whether the BB resources (hardware + software) were new or re-purposed. Simple math tends to argue for re-purposing to some degree. $16 million divided by 88,000 = $181.82/device. Need to put some $ into implementation, too. I suspect re-purposing is occurring.

19. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Z10 was $200 to the public on Black Friday weekend, without contract. That's one unit. The price for 10s of thousands? I think they are buying new....at low prices.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Besides hardware, there is server software + implementation cost to subtract from the $16 million before you can figure handset purchase value. Net-net, there is some re-purposing going on. Also, the U.S. DoD is not going to wholesale dump their existing inventory of non-BBOS10 handsets. The days of unlimited budgets for the DoD ended about 2 years ago. Now, the mantra is do more with less.

21. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

In other words, neither of us know one fact nor one specific about this deal, except what phonearena printed above which I'm sure has not been fact-checked.

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

PA re-posted what was essentially a press release. If you have done business with the Feds (I have in a previous life), you know how federal contracts are structured. The $16 million is not going to just handset purchase. It is the full cost of the project, split between hardware, software and implementation services. And you can be certain the Feds are insisting on being able to use their existing BB devices with the project.

29. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

OK a good start

2. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

dont let BB die, i hate BB, but i dont want it die

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Whoooooo.. MS missed out big time..

4. HASHTAG unregistered

This is a good start for BlackBerry's turnaround. Never thought for a second that they're gonna die.

5. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

This just in, 98% of pentagon employees hate their phone...

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

this just in, a troll by the name of Troysyx has just posed a comment on phone arena

16. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Yay!!! I've been called a troll!! I'm official now :-D

11. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You haven't tried the phone. Amazing, all three. Can't speak for the Q5.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's gotta be a huge contract. Kudos BB

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Things like this tell me that BlackBerry has what they need to survive their current predicament, and thrive into the future. I'm not normally a BlackBerry fan, but this is still a hopeful sign. It is reassuring in an odd way. Good job, indeed, BB.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Drop in the bucket. BB in the most recent quarter reported operating expense of $4.4 B (U.S.), which included $2.7 B in one-time charges, leaving on-going operating expenses of around $1.7 B. Take the $1.7 B and divide by 90 equals ~18.8 M daily burn rate. Even if the entire $16 million went to BB, that is not even covering a 1 day burn for BB. How does BB fund the remainder of their yearly operating cost? BTW, BB is not getting anywhere near the full $16 million number.

25. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I just re-read the news article. I didn't realize the contract was so small - I'm used to thinking of government contracts as huge over-bloated things, but this is tiny. Yeah, I hope this is just the tip of the iceberg for them, but if not, then I'll be worried for BB all over again. Not that I'm all that worried to begin with...

7. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am one of the few and proud who have the BB Z10: the battery life sux and the lack of apps is frustrating. Those are big issues. But if they are two issues you can overlook, then everything else about the phone is amazing: the OS is very stable, light, fast and easy to use; the screen is amazingly bright and easily seen outdoors even in terrible lighting conditions, reception is excellent, voice/call quality is superior to anything short of a Vertu, it is compact enough to slip into any pocket and it has expandable memory and a replaceable battery.And to top it all off, they are virtually giving them away now. Know that there are issues with these phones and if those two I mentioned are dealbreakers, walk away (mind you, a replaceable battery makes life much easier). But otherwise, cannot recommend it more highly.

8. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

I'm also a BlackBerry Z10 user and yeah you are right about that battery it's awful and I have the only apps I need why do you want 5 different texting app. There is BBM WhatsApp and Skype YouTube and plenty more. One thing I do love about this phone and recommend it is for its keyboard and browser with flash. Live the all swipe gestures much faster then my previous GS3

10. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Great Job, BlackBerry! I am also a proud BB10 user (I own a BlackBerry Z10), and it's a great device. Battery life could be better, and there apps that are missing from the ecosystem, but that seems to be slowly being taken care of by BB10 3rd party developers(Blackgram and iGrannn for Instagram, for example). The OS is amazing and powerful, and the UI is great. I get great voice/call quality as well, and even get a better signal on my Z10 than I do on my Nokia Lumia 925. BlackBerry 10 is awesome, and will only get better with time. With BlackBerry getting contracts like this, they definitely seem well on their way back to greatness.

12. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Z10 is my favorite phone....and I own A LOT of phones (HTC One, Moto X, 4S, S3, Q10) Size, looks, Hub, AMAZING keyboard, are all things I love about it. The battery life is comparable to many of the newer phones, I'm not sure what everyone is comparing it to. I think old BB users are spoiled by battery life of their old devices. Those did nothing, so, yeah, the battery lasted a long time. If you are worried about battery life though, Q10 and Z30 both last ALL day easily.

15. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

more choise is better, never understand to people who want only android or IOS rules the world, i want to see WP8, Tizen, Sailfish, Ubuntu, BB and other survive.

22. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

BB had its glory day, it lost it due to its outdated OS. Android is from different companys so thats choices.

23. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Anyone feeling sorry for those ppl having to use the blackberry?

26. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Glad to hear good news about BB

27. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Glad for bob well done I'm sure things will only get better!

28. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I meant bb lol!

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