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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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Game over
By Tony Swash on 3/21/2013 4:50:42 PM , Rating: 1
Looks like the story and the whole debate here is moot.

DoD spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told PC Magazine on Thursday that the Pentagon still counts BlackBerry among the device solutions it is planning to support. Currently working out its mobility strategy, the Pentagon has plans to equip personnel with an array of devices running BlackBerry, iOS, and Google's Android operating system.

Everybody should now be happy.




RE: Game over
By retrospooty on 3/21/2013 6:12:46 PM , Rating: 1
Nope... Not me, no way ;)

Really, they need to NOT be buying anything. They need to be cutting anything that isn't essential out. They need to not only NOT give these people mobile devices, they need to eliminate many of the positions and many of the departments entirely.


RE: Game over
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: Game over
By retrospooty on 3/21/2013 11:09:33 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... But it would never happen. What would happen is Korea fires off a missile, we send out several interceptors and knock it down, and they then use the inceidenty to justify spending another trillion to beef up defense even more... And part of that is of course to change the order to 2.5 million IOS devices... So were safe.


RE: Game over
By retrospooty on 3/22/2013 7:32:00 AM , Rating: 2
"Currently working out its mobility strategy, the Pentagon has plans to equip personnel with an array of devices running BlackBerry, iOS, and Google's Android operating system."

Wait... I think this is the first time I have ever seen you go out of your way to post anything that isnt directly helping Apple's perception or at least making things appear better than they are. Wow... Maybe there is hope for you.


RE: Game over
By marvdmartian on 3/22/2013 11:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait until they do this, without going through the bid generation process. I'll turn it in for fraud/waste/abuse!

I swear, only the DoD could be so callous as to tell its workers they're being furloughed, and losing 20% of their paychecks for the remainder of the fiscal year, then turn around and talk about buying a billion dollars worth of Apple products!


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