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Pentagon to Move From BlackBerry to Android, iPhones

By - Source: Washington Post | B 18 comments

RIM experiencing several arge firms moving thousands of employees from BlackBerry to iPhones and Android-powered smartphones.

RIM has been dealt a further blow with the news of the Pentagon due to move up of to 8 million employees from its BlackBerry devices to Android-powered smartphones and Apple's iPhone.

The Defense Department is planning to hire a contractor to build a system that will both manage and secure at least 162,500 Android devices, in addition to Apple products including the iPhone and iPad. It's possible that the system may be expanded to handle 8 million devices, the department confirmed.

The project is “a significant step towards delivering a secure mobile communications capability’’ to the agency, it said. The Pentagon wishes to gives employees the opportunity to access its network through a broader range of mobile devices so it can “take advantage of the increasing wireless capabilities that exist and that are developing in the marketplace."

The Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency will grant the contract to a single company by April, with bids due by November 27.

Although the Defense Department is not instructing contractors to propose systems that can manage RIM devices, it “desires” a system that can also handle BlackBerry smartphones, in addition to Android and iOS devices.

Last week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said it will end the contract it holds with RIM, subsequently leading to 17,600 employees moving away from BlackBerry devices to the iPhone. Preceding that was consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton dropping BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone and Android smartphones for about 25,000 employees.

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    internetlad , October 31, 2012 9:13 PM
    Pentagon to Move From BlackBerry to Android

    I guess that's a decent move, considering the state RIM is in.

    , iPhones

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    southernshark , October 31, 2012 9:22 PM
    What are "arge" firms?
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    acadia11 , October 31, 2012 9:47 PM
    Dumb , berry is still the most secure of all the mobile os , well get ready to enjoy hackfest. Who made this decision?
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    walter87 , October 31, 2012 10:05 PM
    acadia11Dumb , berry is still the most secure of all the mobile os , well get ready to enjoy hackfest. Who made this decision?

    If government emails or documents get leaked or hacked into from iOS or Android...that will likely mean the government will have to reconsider BlackBerry and in the long run potentially waste tax dollars if those platforms prove to be too insecure.

    One contract the Pentagon should consider should be BlackBerry Mobile Fusion since it allows any iOS, Android or BB device access to their secure network.
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    mynameis1 , October 31, 2012 10:17 PM
    rim needs to focus on getting software out there or even consider licenseing their fusion software to other platforms.. they should stop the hardware end its too late now, the industry has moved on and they still don't have bb10 out.
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    machvelocy , October 31, 2012 10:49 PM
    acadia11Dumb , berry is still the most secure of all the mobile os , well get ready to enjoy hackfest. Who made this decision?

    b-b-but they need to spend those taxpayers money anyway...
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    compuservant , October 31, 2012 11:17 PM
    I can understand the move to the iPhone, probably the iPhone 4, it has BBM functionality already and is a closed system. Android is open source that is already rife with malware. I see no sense in the DOD contracting for Android devices.
    BTW, did you notice, no one is choosing the W8 phone/platform? Microsoft should start looking for a spot in the trashbin of history, right next to AOL.
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    robochump , October 31, 2012 11:17 PM
    Well iPhone and Androids are from US companies and RIM is Canadian. So makes sense even though they are made in China...heh.
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    halcyon , October 31, 2012 11:25 PM
    If the sprinkle enough $$ on it they can more than secure Android and iOS. I hope it pays off.
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    tacobravo , November 1, 2012 12:23 AM
    So why make the jump to iphones? RIM has much better phones suited for business than little play things like Apple has
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    fuzzion , November 1, 2012 12:57 AM
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    1st, There is NO MARIA,

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    wildkitten , November 1, 2012 1:38 AM
    This is not a comforting move. Nothing in government should be running off open source software. Just way to many risks involved.
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    schnitter , November 1, 2012 4:23 AM
    "the Pentagon due to move up of to" up of to? Did you type this in a BlackBerry?
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    cmcghee358 , November 1, 2012 6:24 AM
    Horrible editing. Actually my guess is there was no editing. Freelance editors for hire?
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    deadlockedworld , November 1, 2012 11:33 AM
    I agree that Android is a terrible choice. At least with windows/iphone there is someone to call when things break.

    This is a big missed opportunity for Microsoft. This is where they had a chance to outshine Apple.
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    scook9 , November 1, 2012 12:24 PM
    wildkittenThis is not a comforting move. Nothing in government should be running off open source software. Just way to many risks involved.

    Heard of that Linux thing that most servers run on? Ignorance source is no less secure than closed source, arguably it is more so as the code is heavily vetted by more than just the QA department of Apple or Microsoft
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    tripledouce , November 1, 2012 4:15 PM
    Yay only 7 more years till we actually see them in the military.
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    eddieroolz , November 1, 2012 11:18 PM
    You'd think the military would be the last place where this kind of unnecessary populist move would happen, but I guess the servicemen really need a new way to become the next Bradley Manning.