Pentagon says no orders for BlackBerry devices have been made

Pentagon says no orders for BlackBerry devices have been made
A couple days ago, a report came out of the Department of Defense which talked about a new network of 100,000 devices, 80,000 of which were said to be BlackBerry devices. The assumption was made by most media outlets that this meant the Pentagon would be buying new devices, but now the Pentagon is clarifying and saying that no orders have been made.

In fact, it seems that no orders are planned to be made; and, the 80,000 BlackBerry devices that will be used are devices that the Pentagon already has in use. The real story actually doesn't have much good in it for BlackBerry, because the whole point of the new management system in the Pentagon is that it will be cross-platform and support a variety of Android and iOS devices. There has been no word about future purchasing plans, but obviously the Pentagon wouldn't build a cross-platform system if it didn't intend to expand the use of non-BlackBerry devices. 

The bad assumptions from the original reports led to a number of "BlackBerry is saved" articles from various sources, and those reports likely had a direct impact on BlackBerry stock jumping from $9 a share to almost $11 today (though it has already started dropping). Even so, there are still analysts who are positive about BlackBerry because of new CEO John Chen's focus on BlackBerry Enterprise Software rather than consumer handsets.

source: The Verge

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14 Comments

1. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Coffin, meet nail.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wouldn't write BB's obituary yet. But I wouldn't break out the champaign, either. BB needs to transition to a cross-platform world. There is still business to be done, it just isn't BB-centric anymore. The real question is whether Chen and company can build a viable (and compelling) business model around cross-platform. Stay tuned.

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The world doesn't need a BB. It does need BB's current portfolio of patents.

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

sad but, And, almost true

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The world does need BlackBerry. It has much to offer, not just patents. If you don't like something, that's your business, but keep your hater-like comments to yourself. That's like saying the world doesn't need Android, it just need needs any open source OS.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Its never pretty after the smoke clears.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Too soon!

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Order iPhones, notes.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

HAAAAAAA NEVER in a million.....

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol blackberry you're dead

7. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Honestly. Heres just a thought. Cant wait for the hater comments Do you really think the pentagon is gonna tell anyone what phones their gonna buy and who from. Big brother

13. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Finally someone other than me gets it, OF COURSE theyre NOT saying what they have!!

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The fact of the matter is, the DoD never said in any statement anywhere, that they were purchasing any new devices, be they BlackBerry devices or devices based on Android or iOS. ALL devices in use are legacy devices. Its also a fact that regardless, BlackBerry still has a commanding 98 percent of the devices used by the DoD. Some sites will report anything negative about BlackBerry, just for the sake of saying something negative.

10. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It was actually positive reporting when it made the rounds of tech sites that 80,000 BB devices would be bought by Pentagon. Oh ok, it was actually false-positive but still, it made the price of shares jump to $11 based on that supposed good news.

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