BlackBerry offers phones for military bases
"BlackBerry's manufacturer, Research In Motion, seems to be a smarter smartphone maker than most, or at least a more flexible one. No other manufacturer for Verizon or nTelos service sells a smartphone that can't take pictures."
Here's the full article from one of two of my local online newspapers.
BlackBerry offers phones for military bases | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
- 02-19-12, 09:18 AM #3
They are not addressing the profit which is nothing to RIM
this is basically a min profit considering the small amount of users for this device.
The bigger picture of the article is RIM is smarter in this case.
This person will use their Blackberry and get used to the OS + BBM and
might get his wife or kids BB to BBM with them. Also when he leaves The service will
most likely consider a BB10 phone. This is more promotion than
anything for RIM.
- 02-19-12, 11:16 AM #5
Camera-less iPhone 4S now available in Singapore, military approves -- Engadget
Apple makes iPhones without cameras, though you probably need to order directly from them.
As a matter of fact, most manufacturers make models without cameras for niche markets, though they're usually only available if you inquire about them.
- 02-19-12, 11:38 AM #6
- 02-19-12, 12:12 PM #7
In the past, Apple and, I believe, others tried getting around the no camera rule for secure areas by making a back that covered the camera. That shortcut wasn't taken too well by the military. If that's still in decisionmakers' minds or on still accessible records, that may make it harder for some to be approved.
There may also be limitations based on run size. The M1 contract seems like it's an exclusive. So does the US military one for the Virginia base. If multiple phone makers are approved, that fragments the market just as it is with normal smartphones. But the already small niche for cameraless phones becomes untenable if it's made even smaller by having multiple choices of manufacturer. The phones either become excessively expensive to buy or too expensive to make and sell at a slightly higher than normal price.
- 02-19-12, 01:34 PM #8
Did you read the link? It's iphone4 and 4s with no cameras. The 4S has a dual gsm/CDMA radio chip, just like the newer generation of regular iphone4 has.
There basically isn't such a thing as GSM iPhone anymore...
- 02-19-12, 10:22 PM #9
Hey people, the only iPhone 4S's with cdma/gsm radios in them are on Sprint and Verizon, all others are gsm only. As for RIMM making Blackberries with no cams, that has been going on since the 9630. As a matter of fact it is a requirement in most Government jobs that have high security areas, that no camera phones are allowed period which includes military bases.
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02-19-12, 10:59 PM #10
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