Pentagon Denies It Is Ditching BlackBerry for Apple

by Christopher Freeburn | March 21, 2013 12:27 pm

US pentagon[1]The Pentagon is shooting down rumors that it plans to dump support[2] for the thousands of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY[3]) devices still in use by Defense Department employees.

Citing unnamed sources, a number of media reports on Wednesday said that the Defense Department would drop BlackBerry devices and order 650,000 Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[4]) mobile devices. A Defense Department spokesperson told PC Magazine that the reports were “in error,” and that the military was in fact migrating toward a mobile management system that supported multiple mobile platforms, including BlackBerry.

The spokesperson denied knowledge of any large Defense Department order for Apple devices. Reports have circulated that the Pentagon is also looking at adding compatibility with devices running Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG[5]) Android OS.

Currently, the Defense Department uses more than 600,000 mobile devices. That includes about 470,000 BlackBerrys, 41,000 Apple devices and 8,700 devices running Android.

Shares of BlackBerry rose almost 2% in Thursday midday trading.

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