Pentagon: We haven’t ordered any new BlackBerrys yet

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A few days ago we’ve told you that BlackBerry has scored a big order from the U.S. Department of Defense. Guess what? That news was bogus.

Pentagon did announce its new mobile-ready system, saying that some 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones are ALREADY IN USE by the Military. However, they never said new BlackBerrys have been ordered. Here’s what they said in a statement to TheVerge:

Absolutely no new orders have been placed for new BB devices. The DISA press release put out Jan. 16 never alluded to any devices being purchased. The 80,000 BBs and 1,800 non-BB devices referenced in the release are legacy systems already in DoD inventories.

To make things even worse for the Canadian company, Pentagon’s new infrastructure supports multiple platforms, including iOS and Android (though it needs to run some special software on top). This doesn’t mean the U.S. Military won’t be ordering BlackBerrys anymore; it’s just that they have more choice now. And while BlackBerry remains the most secure handset out there, others are steadily catching up…

  • yodatom10

    So blackberry is so desperate they resorted to lying …. Or someone at the Pentagon got some common sense and put in a order for Android/iPhone

    • http://www.intomobile.com Dusan Belic

      No it was the media that got Pentagon’s press release wrong.

    • http://www.kimberlycooley.com Kimberly Cooley

      No. BlackBerry didn’t lie. The media jumped the gun as always and took it upon themselves to assume these were new 80K devices. No intelligent person would read into the original story and gather that the DoD purchased 80k new devices. It really only takes a few minutes actually read past any headline or title.

    • ATInsider

      yodatom10
      Get your head out of the sand and re-read what you’ve written, then edit it. Nowhere in any press release, news release did BlackBerry state that the Pentagon ordered new BB devices. Eventually they will be ordering approx: 300,000 mobile devices by 2015 to ensure secure data and communications for its military agencies.
      And among those 300,000 devices will be a mix of BB10, iOS and Android. Don’t spread nonsense about BBRY being desperate and lying, because it only makes you look like a Bloody Fool.

  • Guest

    No. BlackBerry didn’t lie. The media jumped the gun as always and took it upon themselves to assume these were new 80K devices. No intelligent person would read into the original story and gather that the DoD purchased 80k new devices.

  • ATInsider

    The only reason why the Pentagon came out with this news release is to put a stop to the massive Media Bashers claiming that they ordered 80,000 new BB10 devices.

    What the media and these so called BBRY bashers should be looking at is the FACT, the Pentagon chose OLD BBOS devices over the competition’s newer offerings. WHY? Because BBOS is superior in both data and communications security. Yes OLD BBRY phones slaps the competition up-side the head.

    This just clarifies how much more secure BB10 devices are. Seeing how even Samsung’s KNOX falls behind BBOS,

  • ELLAS

    When it comes to security and encryption for both Data and Communications, here is the order of supremacy based on Consumer Mobile OS’s.

    Remember This Order:
    1) BB10
    2) BBOS
    3) None
    4) iOS
    5) KNOX
    6) WP8
    7) Android

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