BlackBerry Not Abandoned in The Field by U.S. Military

On Wednesday, MMW reported that the United States Department of Defense is looking to purchase 650,000 iOS devices this year following the conclusion of the sequester. Electronista initially reported that the order consists of 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 iPhones.

A majority of the devices are “headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands.” The remainder of the devices order will stay with the Pentagon.

According to the chatter surrounding the DoD’s planned purchased, it appeared – at first – that the iOS devices would replace the department’s rapidly aging legacy devices, many of which were BlackBerry products.

On Friday, however, we’re getting another perspective on this matter from a source within the U.S. military, and the word straight from the official is clear – BlackBerry hasn’t been abandoned, contrary to reports that indicate otherwise.

“The department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is ‘dropping’ BlackBerry. This reporting is in error. The department recently released its mobility strategy and supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices, to include BlackBerry,” Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, an official DoD spokesman, told PCMag.

Pickart added that he was also not aware of plans to place such a large order for iOS devices from Apple.

“[O]ur mobility experts are looking into what has been reported and are not familiar with the figures quoted in that report/article,” he said.

To read the full report from PC Magazine, click here.