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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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By Nutzo on 3/21/2013 11:22:42 AM , Rating: 3
Typical, only the most expensive item will do.

Guess all that money Apple has been paying for lobbiest is finally starting to pay off.

With that volume, they should be going with a custom Android device, built to withstand the typical use.

RE: Typical
By retrospooty on 3/21/2013 1:44:57 PM , Rating: 1
"they should be going with a custom Android device"

I disagree, the US govt should be going with "none of the above". There is absolutely no reason we need to spend any extra money at all on things like this. We arent just broke, we have a massive defict and this isnt going to help. Every single non-essential item needs to be looked at for potential cut, we dont need to buy anything extra.

%$#%$#%$ us govt.

RE: Typical
By Nutzo on 3/22/2013 10:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. They should keep using thier old blackberries.

But then how will they play angry birds?

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