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…