A press statement from the Department of Defense (DOD) has revieled that they support quite a few mobile devices, including 80,000 BlackBerry phones. Many previous reports assumed that the DOD just purchased 80,000 new smartphones from BlackBerry.
The reports have been said to have been a factor in the jump in BlackBerry stock from $9 to $11. The Pentagon reports they did not purchase 80,000 smartphones.
"The program currently supports 1,800 unclassified mobile devices including iPad 3 and 4, iPhone 4S and 5, Samsung 10.1 tablets and Samsung 3S, and Motorola RAZR devices with participation from the combatant commands, services, and agencies throughout DOD. The program also supports 80,000 BlackBerry phones."
Nowhere in the release does it say the DOD submitted a new order for 80,000 BlackBerry phones.
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.
he government has been a big customer for BlackBerry for a long time - even President Obama still carries one for work purposes.
[via The Verge]