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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 jimbojimbo on 3/21/2013 2:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
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Plus presumably the military would be hoping to get OS updates which are guaranteed on iOS and are rare on Android
If they're going to quadruple the cost of the devices implementing their own security the last thing they're going to want is some OS update that could break everything and introduce new problems. No, they will not want updates.


RE: You'd think
By Tony Swash on 3/21/2013 3:31:23 PM , Rating: 1
But they do probably want phones that can achieve this for the 9th time running.

http://www.slashgear.com/apple-no-1-for-9th-consec...

I try to imagine a world in which a competent US military logistics planner would choose the platform with the worst malware, lower satisfaction ratings and worst corporate security tools.


RE: You'd think
By kleinma on 3/22/2013 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
And how many lock screen flaws have surfaced in the past month, giving people access to the phone? Apple keeps patching it, and new flaws keep surfacing. Hopefully no classified information is on those iDevices.


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