Statements from DoD and UK Government to deny the liars
Computerworld - 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, Electronista said.
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.
"We are not dumping BlackBerry as Electronista and others have indicated," said the spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Damien Pickart. "We're moving to multiple devices, and that includes BlackBerry."
Pickart said the Defense Department has 470,000 BlackBerry devices in use, as well as 41,000 Apple iOS devices and 8,700 Android devices.
On Feb. 15, the Defense Department's CIO Teresa Takai release a phased "Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan" that updates a June 2012 mobile strategy that had called for using commercial off-the-shelf products. Takai said in a February memo and in attachments released by the DoD at the time that the implementation plan was contingent on available funds with a specific goal of supporting "100,000 multivendor devices by February 2014."
The DoD's approach also permits the use of commercial smartphones and tablets over commercial carrier networks for classified communications for the first time through a new NSA security architecture, Takai said. T
My guess these phones are used by civilian employees who have submitted their phones to DOD and they have approved 3rd party security software installed on them and control of the phone has been given to the DOD. This is done at large investment banks as well. I am just speculating. I remember reading about some agencies allowing civilian employees to use iphones.
So what the Air Force Lt.Colonel is saying is that BB has a 90% market share currently, and that there are no plans to get rid of, phase out, or cut off purchasing BB devices. We also, know in a statement from BB that the BB10 OS will be the first to come out of testing and likely the first available to launch a round of upgrades. If I am a DOD employee, I'd be requesting a new z10 or Q10 sometime in late April. Time to update the model folks...that likely 250k to 400k in new devices in Fiscal Q2'14 to account for.