Department of Defense is not dropping BlackBerry, says report of iOS buy is in error

Department of Defense is not dropping BlackBerry, says report of iOS buy is in error
Wednesday's report that the Department of Defense was placing an order to buy 650,000 iOS devices is not true, according to spokesperson Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, who says that he is unaware of such an order. Lt. Col. Pickart said that the agency is "moving to a new mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices," which happens to include BlackBerry.  The spokesman said that the agency is testing a multi-vendor approach and is planning on supporting 100,000 devices by February 2014.

The Department is said to be testing iOS, Android and BlackBerry and is looking to employ both smartphones and tablets. Lt. Col. Pickart said that the Department of Defense currently has over 600,000 devices in operational and pilot use. 470,000 of these are BlackBerry units; 41,000 are iOS devices and 8,700 are powered by Android.


source: PCMag

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