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Pentagon says ‘absolutely no new orders have been placed’ for BlackBerry phones

24
Jan
2014

Last week, a press release from the Department of Defense announced the launch of a new mobile network within the agency that will utilize unclassified mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and other consumer-level electronics. Within the press release announcing the network, the DOD revealed that it already supports quite a few mobile devices, including 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones. This spurred on a raft of reports this week, with titles such as The Pentagon Just Saved BlackBerry From Total Oblivion and Why the Pentagon just saved BlackBerry. Many of these reports take the assumption that the Department of Defense just purchased 80,000 new smartphones from BlackBerry. (The stock was likely also buoyed by BlackBerry itself talking smack about its competitors in the enterprise space.)

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