BlackBerry Gets Bumped in Australian Government

The honeymoon may be over for BlackBerry’s comeback.

As MMW reported Wednesday, this week has been rough for the smartphone maker. It all started when BlackBerry was forced to concede that U.S. shoppers wanting a BlackBerry Q10 may be forced to wait until June to get the device.

The reason for the delay? Carrier testing.

“We need to respect that. Am I a bit disappointed? Yeah, I would be lying saying no. But it is what it is, and we’re working with all our carrier partners to speed it up as much as we can,” BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told the Associated Press.

On Thursday, just one day removed from the bad news about device delays, word came from across the other side of the globe that Australia is also bidding farewell to BlackBerry inside of a key governmental department.

Over the next month and a half, the Australian Department of Treasury will ditch its fleet of BlackBerry mobile phones in favor of iPhone 5s, according to chief information officer Peter Alexander. The department has traditionally provided BlackBerry devices to staff in the department, four ministers’ offices, and agencies under Treasury…

“We’re going to use Apple devices as our corporate platform — iPhones and iPads for now,” Alexander tells ZDNet, adding that “BlackBerry has pretty limited capability. With the new one being launched, it’s almost too late. Maybe it’ll catch up, maybe it won’t.”