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iOS devices to replace aging Blackberrys

A report is making the rounds that the U.S. Department of Defense has plans to purchase a huge number of Apple gadgets. According to the report, the DOD plans to purchase 650,000 iOS devices to replace older BlackBerry devices (the Department of Defense currently has about 470,000 BlackBerry devices in use daily).

The DOD is tipped to be purchasing 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

According to TechCrunch, "More than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]."

According to the DOD, it will have 8 million smartphones in service over the next three years. In addition, devices used by the Department of Defense for classified data handling are modified for enhanced security with components that can quadruple their final cost.

The Department of Defense announced last year that BlackBerry would not have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices any longer. The Defense Department is seeking to become "device agnostic" with the goal of allowing soldiers and administrators to share data amongst devices more easily. 

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: You'd think
By Dorkyman on 3/21/2013 11:18:50 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, but government wheels turn slowly, and procurement processes always tend to favor technology that's a few years old. Blackberry was king six years ago, Apple was king three years ago. I'm not surprised.


RE: You'd think
By JackBurton on 3/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: You'd think
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/21/13, Rating: 0
RE: You'd think
By XZerg on 3/21/13, Rating: 0
RE: You'd think
By vision33r on 3/22/2013 11:44:12 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is the new Blackberry.


RE: You'd think
By retrospooty on 3/22/13, Rating: 0
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton














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