And the hits just keep on coming for the flogging company that is BlackBerry as the Department of Defense (DoD) recently opened up contracts with Apple and Google to supply mobile devices. Overall, BlackBerry still supplies a substantial portion of the more than 600,000 mobile devices in the DoD however they have all but lost momentum in the lucrative government sector. The DoD dropping its exclusivity with them is yet another nail in the proverbial BlackBerry coffin. Even though BlackBerry was the first out of the gate and at one time had an insurmountable lead in terms of secure mobile computing, clearly the old horse is tiring down in the final stretch as Apple and Google approach.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced today that it was further dropping its exclusive BlackBerry contract and opening all of its mobile communications networks to Apple, Google, and other device makers.
“The Department of Defense is taking a leadership role in leveraging mobile device technology by ensuring its workforce is empowered with mobile devices,” Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai said in a statement today. “As today’s DoD personnel increasingly rely on mobile technology as a key capability enabler for joint force combat operations, the application of mobile technology into global operations, integration of secure and non-secure communications, and development of portable, cloud-enabled capability will dramatically increase the number of people able to collaborate and share information rapidly.”
Basically it all boils down to the department deciding to let its employees choose what devices they want to use rather than simply continuing to re-up on BlackBerry devices.
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