1. MoolahMitch's Avatar
    "Calm yourselves, defense bureaucrats. The Pentagon isnt about to swap out your BlackBerries for the latest iPhones and iPads.

    That, however, was the promise of anonymous well-placed sources in an eye-opening Electronista story Wednesday. Those sources said that the Pentagon was on the verge of phasing out nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of BlackBerries issued to its employees, and replacing them with some 650,000 iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.

    There is no truth to this claim, says Air Force Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a spokesman for the Pentagons new mobility initiative. We are not looking to replace those 470,000 BlackBerries with the systems they claim were looking to order.

    Big caveat: the Pentagons new mobility plan may lead troops and Pentagon civilians to get secured Apple smartphones and tablets. Ditto for Android devices. And Windows devices. And lets not leave RIM out of that picture, John Hickey, the mobility program manager for the Defense Information Systems Agency, told reporters last month.

    Ultimately, what the Pentagon wants is a variety of devices, as the mobility plans catchphrase puts it, and, quite possibly, a variety of operating systems powering them. The Defense Department is still shopping around, and a decision on whether it wants to throw all its mobility eggs in the basket of a single operating system is months away. Mobile companies wont even get the Pentagons new data-security guidelines for another 90 days.

    It would certainly be something for the Defense Department to place a huge order with Cupertino for over half a million expensive iOS devices in the ostensible age of austerity wrought by mandated congressional budget cuts. Thus far, Android devices have the edge for the piecemeal mobile purchases that the armed services, and especially the Army, have made.

    Admittedly, those cuts arent stopping the Pentagon from spending roughly $1 billion on a mere 14 missile interceptors bound for Alaska, nor convincing the Air Force that maybe it shouldnt spend money on a Fantasy Football league. But the Defense Department has moved into the age of mobile computing very, very slowly, and going high-end during a time when its crying poverty is an invitation to criticism on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

    Every couple weeks, theres another report that were abandoning BlackBerries, and that is just so far from the truth, Pickart adds. Someone still loves you, company-formerly-known-as-RIM. "

    Pentagon Swears It Isn't Abandoning BlackBerries for iOS Devices | Danger Room | Wired.com
    03-21-13 10:16 AM
  2. Geeoff's Avatar
    Good find. Very timely. Thanks for posting.

    Really, we need more facts like this and less hyperbole.

    Make sure to click on the original article to give them page views for a good quality article!!
    coldsword likes this.
    03-21-13 10:27 AM
  3. Bbnivende's Avatar
    I found it amusing that in Homeland that both the terrorists and the CIA were using BB's pretty much exclusively. Must be the better security from potential plot leaks.
    03-21-13 10:45 AM
  4. onvisa's Avatar
    "That, however, was the promise of anonymous well-placed sources in an eye-opening Electronista story Wednesday" that person was iphone executive when he was in the man's room holding d!@#k with the writer.
    So never read a story from Electronista, is you do take it as a fiction.
    03-21-13 01:49 PM
  5. koolrosh's Avatar
    This is even better for Blackberry. According to a Blackberry statement in this Slash gear article DoD will actually be using BES 10 to manage all devices that means that for every iPhone, Android, I pad, or any other device BlackBerry will be getting a monthly subscription...

    Source: http://www.slashgear.com/department-...-ios-21274904/

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    03-21-13 03:06 PM
  6. BBOttawa's Avatar
    If they want to use BB, they need to buy BES10...so they might as well manage their Android and iOS devices with it as well.

    But the statement from RIM did not say they will use it for all devices, the decision has not been made yet.

    DoD Denies Plans to Ditch BlackBerry for Apple | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
    03-21-13 05:18 PM
  7. anon(5639363)'s Avatar

    Might as well add another.

    Good news.

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    03-21-13 06:15 PM

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