US Government continues shift away from BlackBerry

US Government continues shift away from BlackBerry
We've seen stories like this popping up repeatedly over the last few months, but it looks like the trend isn't stopping. After seeing the Pentagon and US military begin to allow Android phones into the mix for personnel, now the General Services Administration is getting into the act and backing away from BlackBerry. 

This one could potentially be much more damaging for BlackBerry than any of the other shifts so far. The US General Services Administration is an independent government agency, and one of its main tasks is to provide supplies and communications for other government agencies. In total, the GSA manages $500 billion in government assets, including quite a bit of telecom and IT. As such, the GSA not only has a direct impact on what devices other agencies use, but the policies that the GSA enacts tend to become blueprints for other agencies. 

The trouble for BlackBerry is twofold here, because not only is the GSA planning to issue iPhones and Android devices to 17,000 of its workers, but it is also in the process of testing the use of employee's personal phones and tablets on government networks. This would be a way to cut costs for the government by not needing to supply employees with secondary devices, but it also means that BlackBerry will be losing more and more traction in a market that it has traditionally dominated.

Right now, BlackBerry accounts for about 95% of GSA devices, so that could be quite a hit for RIM. The GSA has said that it doesn't have any plans to stop using RIM servers though. 

source: Reuters

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14 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

R.I.P. R.I.M.

2. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

about time..

3. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

what about windows phones and tablets

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not a proven enough commodity for the Government. This is not a slam on WP, as everyone knows I am quite the cheerleader for them. It is just too new. They will need to see years of proven usage as a body of work before they will even consider them. How long has Android and the iPhone been players, and they are JUST NOW testing them out. Case in point: When I got out of the U.S. Navy in 1996, communication gear was just beginning to test solid state equipment. I was still working on receivers that had vacuum tubes in them, for the love of all that's Holy. But transistors and tubes had a dependability to them, so the Navy was not in any hurry to move away from them.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

Needs to be FIPS certified

10. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Last time I checked iPhone was denied FIPS... I'll have to check though. Checked. It is listed still as "in-process" though some of the older modules have been approved so may run older iOS versions.

5. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Blackberry didn't adapt to a changing market and now android and iOS have picked up so much steam it will be hard to turn it around.

6. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Well said dreammixer...

7. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

RIM is stuck at the year 2004

9. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I believe that after BB 10 gets a year rim is going to stop making their BB line and make a whole new device

11. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I SMILE WHEN I LOOK AT YOURCOMMENTS REGARDING RIM. RIM WILL PREVAIL.

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

All caps? You are a die hard, like those Symbian die hards. RIM is basically killing themselves slowly, have you seen how stuck in the past every design they have come up with has been? Losing market share left right and center...it's good that you are on the positive thinking side. I gave up on RIM after owning two blackberries, Storm and Storm II and after both I went to android, noticed that RIM hasn't released anything worthwhile since the Torch. All their phones seem to sport the same specs.

13. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

WELL BOSS. I OWN A CERAMIC WHITE GALAXY S2 AND A BOLD 9900 PLUS A 64GNAT PLAYBOOK AND IN STILL HAPPY WITH RIM ON THE CORPORATE SIDE. ANDROID IS FOR TWEAKING AND MODING.

14. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Only e-thugs type in all caps. Are you a Rim-jobbing e-thug homes?

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