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[ISN] Defense spokesman says DoD not dumping BlackBerry
By Matt Hamblen
March 21, 2013
A U.S. Department of Defense spokesman on Thursday said a report suggesting the
defense agency is dumping BlackBerry devices was inaccurate, and that
BlackBerry is still part of ongoing DoD mobile device deployment plans.
The spokesman contradicted a report in Electronista that cited "well-placed
sources" as saying the Defense Department created a pending purchase order for
650,000 Apple iOS devices, including iPhones and tablets. That purchase would
replace existing BlackBerry devices that are incompatible with BlackBerry 10,
The Z10 smartphone running BB10 goes on sale tomorrow in the U.S. on AT&T for
$199.99 and a two-year contract. Other carriers will also sell the
qwerty-keyboard Q10 in coming weeks.
In a telephone interview, the DoD spokesman said he didn't know where
Electronista got its information, but added, "it is not from an official DoD
source." He also said the BlackBerry's future at the Defense Department is
still very much alive.
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