36K NYPD cops start swapping their Lumia handsets for an Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

36K NYPD cops start swapping their Lumia handsets for an Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
So that's why they call it the Big Apple! 36,000 NYPD cops are giving up their old Windows Phone powered handsets and are receiving the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Cops are so excited about the two iPhone models becoming standard issue equipment, that they are already singing the praises of the handsets by calling them the "ultimate crime fighting tool."

Some NYPD cops are using the Apple iPhone 7 Plus as a crime fighting tool

Some NYPD cops are using the Apple iPhone 7 Plus as a crime fighting tool

Over the course of the next few weeks, the 36,000 Nokia Lumia Windows Phone units that the NYPD issued to cops in 2014, will be exchanged for the 2016 iPhone models. Back in 2014, handing out the Nokia Lumia smartphones was part of a $160 million plan to modernize the equipment used by police. It took two years for the NYPD to complete disseminating the Windows Phone handsets. Just one year later, in August 2017, the decision was made to exchange the Lumia handsets for the iPhone.

The good news for New York City tax payers is that the switch to the iPhone won't cost the NYPD anything. The upgrade is free under terms of the NYPD's contract with AT&T. Currently, about 600 phones are being swapped daily.

With the iPhone included as part of their standard equipment, New York City cops will be able to view video and surveillance photos, check criminal histories and criminal background checks, file beat reports, and more. In addition, a special 911 app that can be installed on the iPhone by cops, allows them to hear calls from the dispatcher before they are sent out over police radio. As a result, according to officer Christopher Clampitt, "We get to the location a lot quicker. By the time the dispatcher puts out the job (on the radio) we're already there."
 
source: NYDailyNews

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27 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

I think S8/S7 active are better choice....

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 842; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I disagree, they are better off with a phone with less features, so less likely to distract the user.

14. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

You know they carry personal phones as well.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Will someone, some genius perhaps, please tell The NYPD about the 'productivity' of Blackberry KEYone, the crime fighting machine? Sad! G'Day!

12. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

it may lag in Emergency Situation.... (sorry 4 my bad english)

13. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You should apologize for your lame joke as well.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I highly doubt s phone that can randomly get stuck and needs a reset is a good choice for a cop. Thats coming from a S7E user until recently.

2. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

5. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You need Twitter... Or perhaps an RSS Reader!

20. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Did you read the article? They said it was swapped with iphone 7 or iphone 7 plus. Meanwhile, your article is irrelevant since it only says about the iphone X.

8. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

Police don't need these type of phones. Forgot apple, samsung, nokia etc. They should be given something sturdier like Caterpillar phones, rugged and waterproof.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, a rugged smartphone would have made more sense. But the problem is, all of them run on either Android or some feature phone OS, which just aren't secure and 'productive' respectively. At least we know for a fact that even FBI and CIA is incapable of cracking up an iPhone. Android, to me, is just a tad too much of a security risk, thanks to its open source nature. And please, I've a Galaxy S6 so don't label me as an iSheep. G'Day!

11. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

I get what your saying, but they don't need anything secure, even a rugged featureless phone will do. Remember what police used before mobiles came around? I do, and their still using them, roger that ;)

19. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"but they don't need anything secure, even a rugged featureless phone will do." No, featureless phones won't do, as it is stated in this article that cops need to view CCTV security/surveillance footage and photos... So a feature phone definitely won't do!

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If you think iOS is secure you have another thing coming. Apple has more than willingly given Chinese authorities full access to their devices, chances are they are also bending over for the NSA. No one manufacturer is '"secure", even BB was found to be feeding the RCMP. These phones aren't being offered for security, they're being used because Apple probably gave them the best deal. If any of the others could pony up the cash incentives, they would have gotten the contracts instead. I mean they were using Lumias before this...it wasn't for any magical or practical reasons.

26. Marcwand3l

Posts: 389; Member since: May 08, 2017

>At least we know for a fact that even FBI and CIA is incapable of cracking up an iPhone.< LoL you apple fans are very gullible. What makes you think an encrypted Android phone wouldn't be in a similar "situation"? As a detail all Android phones rocking Android 7 and above are encrypted by default. If protecting sensible information on your phone is a big concern there is no better option that a Samsung phone with Knox on board. Samsung has a few rugged models that would be great for police officers(great battery life, drop resistant, water resistant). For you the biggest security risk is your gullible nature and your lack of knowledge. >I've a Galaxy S6

31. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

knox isnt as great as monthy security updates by google. encryption + security updates = security

15. samgsam

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

So NYPD is now faster than The Flash.

18. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 163; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

No he is the fastest man alive.

28. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Except for reverse flash and zoom and savitar... Did I miss anyone?

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And they'll switch again one Apple throttled this model.

27. Marcwand3l

Posts: 389; Member since: May 08, 2017

Apple already started to throttle the iphone 7 with the iOS 11.2.2 update. But the phones NYPD bought ar most likely new so they will fell the effects once the battery degradation goes around 80%.

25. Zylam

Posts: 1802; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh no the cops are now going from "Smart people" to brainless isheep, oh no the Fandroids must be worried the isheep are now packing!!! Run, run!!!

29. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I just don't know what the NYPD was thinking when they got the Lumia Windows phone in the first place.

30. gamehead unregistered

lmfao. Rip windows phone

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