New Zealand police to buy 10,000 iOS devices, beating out Android and BlackBerry

New Zealand police to buy 10,000 iOS devices, beating out Android and BlackBerry
100 New Zealand cops tested out the Apple iPhone against an Android handset and a BlackBerry model for 11 months. Now that the testing process is all over, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Police Minister Anne Tolley announced on Wednesday that 10,000 iOS devices will be ordered by the New Zealand police. 6,000 frontline officers will receive an Apple iPhone while 3,900 of them will also receive an Apple iPad. The move comes as the police shift carriers from Telecom to Vodafone.

The purchase will cost $4.3 million NZ ($3.75 million USD) over a three month period. Over ten years, the program will cost $159 million NZ ($134.7 million USD), but will be worth it as productivity is expected to benefit by $305 million NZ ($258.5 million USD) over the ten years.

The news comes a few days after Australia's Treasury Department decided to replace the current BlackBerry models used with iOS devices. That move comes despite problems with Apple Maps that made Australian police and firefighters publicly renounce the app as being life-threatening and dangerous.


source: NationalBusinessReview via AppleInsider

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29 Comments

1. GG_SHAH

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Apple Rocks ♥

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes they do. I think the New Zealand police force made a solid choice in the iPhone. Android, wp8, and BB10 would've been good as well, but Hey they chose apple...not bad at all.

22. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

is that a product? apple rocks?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No but the extremely good iPhone, and iPad are products and they're the New Zealand PD products of choice. Now run along and be a good little apple hater

36. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Pretty sure its due to corruption.....otherwise they buy much much cheaper Nexus 7 with pc connection, free file copy etc.....enough for service to people!

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

they should have invested to more rugged devices.

11. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

They better not get caught playing games on those iPads on duty.

15. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Me thought the same, they will enjoy playing NFS Most Wanted most. And I hope they know how to install Google Maps before they lost in pursuit

17. GG_SHAH

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

AHhaha... lol

3. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

WTF!!!

4. wendygarett unregistered

Funny, those policemen say Apple maps is dangerous, and now they line up for an iPad? Another tax money wasted... Lol simple nexus 7 or a playbook should be fine for them, not iPad lol

6. Equilibrium

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Australia and New Zealand are two different countries bro. Also these are policeman, while the previous article was talking about fire services.

9. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I can't believe wendygarett is talking like this. I have to give a thousand thumb-ups for that comment

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wendy go back, and re read those two articles...please.

5. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

NZ authority must be out of their mind. (jealous. i want iPad mini) lol

12. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agree. A plaything for work?

7. nikenturd unregistered

first thing a police officer need on a smartphone is a battery that will last him through the day plus a rock solid exterior tha doent crack....An iPhone???? come on now

8. nikenturd unregistered

This is all part of Apple's propaganda to salvage their dwindling stock value.....Given the choice, i honestly dont think they couldve opted for a brittle phone .. money talks indeed

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man shut up! All you ever talk about is this propaganda crap. If they chose apple they chose apple. Who cares, other than you? The New Zealand police force knows what they're doing, while you sit at home on the couch and whine babble, and moan. Apple is their supplier and you can't do a darn thing about... BIG BABY!!!

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

They could have considered a 920. It could have doubled as a weapon/shield.

16. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

New Zealand together with USA ,Australia, Canada ,UK and Japan are all stupid because they don't like android. They are also some of the most technologically advanced countries but that's another story. Anyway it seems like if you like ios you are stupid nowadays, maybe new Zealand's police should ask the guys over here on what should they buy.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was the most STUPID comment I've ever heard.

20. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Welcome to phonearena little girl

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please see comment #18.

21. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I hope they will not use the Apple Maps, then they will be next to announce Maps Dangerous, Maps not Healthy, Maps No No.

26. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And Australia considers Apple maps dangerous. Bribes can work wonders and nothing is easier than Bribing politicians.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Inew zealand

34. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I have an Samsung galaxy s3 and iPhone 5 I love them both but the iPhone is lag free and never freeze up on me so I can say that the iPhone's iOS is better/stable than the Android.I think this is the reason wherefore the police has made this choice.It's my opinion :) .

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have the iPhone 5 and note 2, and I agree with u 100%. There's also two apps on my note 2 that force close a lot, score center and flipboard.

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