The Pentagon Ditching BlackBerry, Reportedly Ordering 650,000 iOS Devices

BlackBerry DODThe U.S. Department of Defense has placed an order for 650,000 iOS devices, including 210,000 iPhones, 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, and 200,000 iPod touch devices, reports Electronista.

Electronista has discovered that the mobile device testing program currently underway at the Department of Defense has produced a pending purchase order for Apple hardware. [...] The Department of Defense will be ordering just over 650,000 iOS devices from the Cupertino manufacturer following conclusion of the sequester.

While the large order of iOS devices will certainly have Apple pleased, one company that won’t be too fond of the move is BlackBerry. According to the report, the USDOD will be ditching older BlackBerry devices that are incompatible with the new BlackBerry 10 platform. 

Of the current 470,000 older BlackBerry devices that remain in daily use, it is reported that none are running BlackBerry 10 software yet. In an effort to save money, as part of an overall decline in IT funding, the Pentagon will be cutting funding intended to support the BlackBerry.

This is bad news for Waterloo-based BlackBerry, as a number of high-profile corporations and agencies have dropped the smartphone brand in the past few years. Most recently, it was home improvement retail chain The Home Depot that decided to switch to the iPhone in lieu of BlackBerry.


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