Pentagon will hook up 80,000 BlackBerry devices to new system beginning on January 31

By Adam Zeis on 20 Jan 2014 10:37 am EST
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Starting January 31st, the Pentagon will be hooking up 80,000 new and old BlackBerry devices as well as 1,800 iOS and Android devices as part of their plan to move information access to mobile devices. The $16 million project, which began in 2012, aims to give users secure access to information when mobile and don't compromise military data or corrupt defense networks when on the go.

"The new year will bring new mobile capabilities to as many as 100,000 DoD users," Pentagon officials said in a statement. "DoD will begin deploying version 1.0 of the unclassified mobility capability Jan. 31 and will build out capacity to support up to 100,000 users by the end of the fiscal year."

At the end of January, users will have access to the app store, support for Defense encryption keys, and several other services, including Defense Connect Online. 

This is a huge win for BlackBerry and something that will hopefully spread to other agencies as well, allowing users with company-issued devices as well as BYOD programs to use BlackBerry phones as secure devices in the corporate environment. 

Note: The 80k devices aren't being purchased — they are devices already owned by the DoD that are being hooked up to the new system

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Pentagon will hook up 80,000 BlackBerry devices to new system beginning on January 31

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@QuicksIIV3r and Sweenrey

Wow talk about stickler! Both you guys should sit together and talk about your phoney grammar skills while people with real substance and brains discuss the real issues. Ohhh yeah, this seems like a real good start for Blackberry for this year.

Wow. That has to be a big WIN for BlackBerry. Where did this info come from? Do we have exact figures on how many of those will be BB10?

Posted via CB10

Did auto-correct get in your way?

... just bulit, as well as the and the Playbook, I guess...

(forgivable, why make a drama...)

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Ubergizmo had an article this morning. Not sure if that was original or a re-gurged piece from another source.

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The 80k figure is for legacy devices already in use. Today. Right now. How is this a win for BlackBerry?

It's not about BES. It's about DMI. In June, DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) awarded a $16 million contract to technology firm DMI to provide software that can centrally manage smartphones and tablet computers and control which apps are used on those devices. This is what's happening Jan 31st.

W Hoa;
Where did you get the information that they are all legacy devices already in use? Could you please provide the source?

Posted from the Zed 10 on the CB10 app

Page not found on first link. Second link states nothing of sorts as to new or existing devices.

Any other info perhaps an official pentagon PR as to nature of the device mix?

Posted from the Zed 10 on the CB10 app

The first link is the official military link. No problems with the link. Operative word for that aricle is 'current'.
Re-read the second link....slowly. Watch where is reads "BlackBerry devices still dominate the DoD landscape, considering the mobility program supports 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones." Operative word is 'still'.

If you read even slower, you will notice 100,000 devices can't add up by 1,800 plus 80,000 BlackBerry. The broadens of the article speaks volumes.

So to make a point "still" means existing is obscured. Still could mean a number of things including validating the long relations and future relationship of BlackBerry and the Pentagon.

Sorry, No smoking gun on a "single" word for me...

Like I said before, do you actually have facts? Or you are just wasting everyone's time by just finding articles which are regurgitation of original post? That last link is just that a re-word write up.

Posted from the Zed 10 on the CB10 app

"We will provision new devices as rapidly as possible starting in January 2014". It says new devices so i think the majority will be changed to BB10 devices. Wouldn't make sense, to upgrade and use old devices. Eventually they will get replaced by newer BB10 devices, imo.

The 1st article states current capacity is 80,000 BB's with some Apple devices, which will expand to a total of 100,000 devices. It doesn't actually specify what devices they will be in the expansion. We' like to think they'd be mostly BB, but there's a possibility it will be mostly a mix of Apple and Android. Not enough info to tell if it's good or bad news...

It says 98% BlackBerry devices so NOT mostly a mix of android or apple device (about 1800). An iphone has almost to be limited to only make phone calls, BB is the only one where the Pentagon doesn't need to cripple your smartphone to its basic functions. (DoD reports last year, look em up). Android is even worse, see my video link below on this page somewhere. Maybe eventually android and apple will get there. Of course, there will be more android and apple devices but probably not in the hands of the real decision makers in DoD.
This article is a good example: http://blogs.computerworld.com/bring-your-own-device-byod/23232/obama-sa...
Bottom of article; i love it, it says "Only BlackBerry has proven to be battlefield ready". Would make a nice Tshirt slogan or something instead of Battlefield 4, Battlefield BlackBerry.

This just goes to show you how slow our government is to upgrade their hardware. Most big Corps have already moved on but the US Government is so slow they are still using them. I bet they still have CRT monitors! Now if they aren't using BB10 is maybe a win for BB but a loss for advertising because that is like Microsoft saying we just sold a million Windows XP licenses to the Pentagon. Look we make great software. Windows XP is so good the Pentagon bought almost a million copies.

Small victories are victories right?

How?
When the phones are worn out, broken, or upgraded, they will mostly be replaced by either OS10 or Legacy OS7 devices (like current 9900's).

If 'older' legacy, then they are likely already due for replacement.

This is long range program. For now they are not saying that 80,000 new phones will be purchased.

Legacy Devices? Umm, nope.
Read the News Release, it states that the Pentagon did not mention what BBRY phones it has for use nor what versions it plans on buying. There's no reason for them to be going with Legacy Devices when you have more secure BB10 hardware floating around.

If it wasn't stated your just assuming. You know what they say about assuming? Don't forget who your talking about. The government and even if you say the pentagon I wouldn't be surprised if they are still using Windows XP which goes DOA in a few months.

This is good news for BB in support of their high security.

ONLY 2.25% of the selected phones will be other than BB devices!
(And, are these 2.25% only used for non-critical communication?)

The danger is that whilst legacy devices may get worn out, or broken, there is no guarantee that it will be replaced with a blackberry mobile.

Catapulted from my Z10.

The 'real' business for BB is to provide high security.
The guys who have iPhone and Samsung are likely in non-critical positions that don't require secured phones. So, of the 1,800, some might not replace with BB devices.

True, however, if blackberry is able to segregate between private use and that of corporate use, then my understanding is that the phone that individual uses is immaterial, to a certain degree. That's my understanding, however I could be extremely wrong

Catapulted from my Z10.

I believe the OS10 enterprise system allows separation of business and personal use. Is that true? Then, that is an advantage for users to get BB10 devices, where the business side has the security that it needs.

That security can also be set up on iPhone and Android phones too, I think. Hence BOYD and blackberry taking the horizontal approach to security, doesn't matter on the phone so much.

Catapulted from my Z10.

No I believe Frank did mean moral. The chances of pentagon becoming moral.....and in the process boosting it's morale.

Frank, that's what you meant, right?
:)

Catapulted from my Z10.

Wau means woof in German. Funny with the dog avatar just below! ;-)

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

I am so happy! I have been communicating with my niece in law about my NFC usage with the smart tag, and some apps. She texted back "which Android phone do u have?". I replied "I don't. It's the BlackBerry Z10". Speechless, lol.

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A huge win for BlackBerry.... I bet BGR will write some kind of BS that BB is dead and the Pentagon is making a big mistake and bla bla bla.... Not even the Pentagon will give a first look at the Blackphone when it comes out because it's still made with Android....

Great win BB

Just read their article about it, they couldn't find any words to BS about BlackBerry so they picked "BlackBerry needed. Big win, and they it just got one" :-) long life BlackBerry, time to buy more shares guys.

Posted via CB10 for the BB-Z30

BGR and others will talk about the low number of BB10 devices, and conclude that those will transition to non BB10 over time.

It would be great if we can find out DoD's plan and it shows some good commitment to the platform.

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Just an idea but blackberry needs to make a set of generic ads show casing it's devices being used in the various rolls while making sure the ad also focuses on BB10 being one of the most secure mobile operating systems in the world. Really promote it as the all in one sucure solution being used at the highest levels. This surly must be a real bost that few can match!

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So awesome. This will be an incredible boost. Windows phone should be scared(not just because it completely sucks and after years and years it still hasn't caught on). Blackberry 10 is such a superior OS and people will start to realize it the more it gets out there. Chen is so awesome.

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I wouldn't discount windows phone at all. I have both an android and windows device, I tried BB10, but it wasn't for me. There are many features that need to be added to windows, but overall it's really not a bad platform. They have a good foundation and if Microsoft really puts resources into developing windows mobile appropriately, they can grow fast. Also, windows is growing, even it is small, it is growth.

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

My only thing is, it's taken windows about 3 years to get where they are now. Bb10 has developed to where it is now in only under a year.

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Don't forget all those years where Bbry was dropping the ball.

The windows platform is solid, and the OS runs on much cheaper hardware without issue. It should be respected as a competitor.

Yah, unfortunately I noticed that. I wonder what id the percentage of old. BlackBerry needs to give people zero incentive to buy an older device over a BB10 device. Whether that means cost, customization, etc.

Yeah be remember the old BlackBerry devices are proven technology. The fact that they also have new ones is great, eventually they might transition to the new ones. Either way, BlackBerry is gaining big on this

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Or maybe those are devices already owned by the Pentagon and will be included on the program. Later on when they need to get new ones BlackBerry will make an aggressive offer and do the transition to BB10, as the old ones get behind on capabilities.

Posted from my flagship Z30 10.2.1.1925

Having a standard base for Pentagon role-out means 1 base OS to support, one to unleash more apps for both publicly approved and internally coded apps.

Not sure if it is the only reason but BlackBerry shares are up over 12% so far today in Toronto. Nasdaq closed for MLK Day.

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Older Blackberry devices are probably thrown into the mix for extremely high level officials that need specific security and use a legacy device like the President does. Quicksilver is right though they won't even touch Blackphone, because it's made of android. They know just how easy it is for them to hack it. Samsung went back to the drawing board on. Their Know phone too. It was suppose to be ultra secure and was hacked in days. Even the pentagon knows it has to be Blackberry for security because no one else even comes close :)

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Legacy is there because with a deployment like this DOD will have their own internal app store. Meaning they need to port all their corporate apps (some/most likely in house apps) to BB10. They will need legacy devices to accommodate that transition as they port over apps to new BB10. As a users apps get ported to new OS - then they can get a new BB10 device.

This is a big boost for BB. Other Government agencies are going to buy more blackberry devices. The share price is going to rise up to $10.

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A great start. ....... private consumers are in Greater numbers, hopefully blackberry will in the long run look at us guys in the street.

80,000 is huge, but compared to 200 million potential users in any large developed country, then the numbers is not so great.

So blackberry, don't leave us out, please

Catapulted from my Z10.

Now when your friends laugh at you for using a BlackBerry. Just say to them: "I and my buddies at the pentagon are having a good time....where are your buddies?"

From Zuri my Z10.

He's a bot, or using a flippin' script. LOL

Could you be bothered posting the same thing over and over otherwise?

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

maybe he's a real person with real feelings and a gross lack of understanding FOR the english language. maybe he really doesn't UNDERSTANDING anything!

We are happy that the US department of defense is implementing a solution for 100,000 phones including 80,000 BlackBerry and less than 2000 iPhone and Android to start.

We are also hoping that there is some good adoption of BB10 in there, but the 80,000 includes bb7 too.

Posted via CB10

Obama, you seriously need to see a doctor, or a vet.
However I don't see the results being very good for you.
I'm sure you will totally understand and won't require any explanation.

Catapulted from my Z10.

With all the media hate of BlackBerry about Government will move away from BlackBerry toward iOS/Android is a bunch of BS. After all, Government cannot move away from secure BlackBerry.

But there were all those articles in the forums about how the defense department was going to drop Blackberry and go with iOS/Android. I guess DOD had a little talk with the NSA and well, you know the rest of the story.

Maybe the President can finally upgrade to a Q10 or Z30.

Mr Chen is digging in for the long haul.

At least military personnel can be secured.

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Nope, that's the Danish Prime Ministers Z10. She's got two hands on it and is just letting the President touch it ... because it's so awesome.

Things are continuing to look up for BlackBerry. Started with John Chen and the momentum continues to grow. Now please get the latest OS updates to all of us faithful. Sent from my 64gb Playbook.

Huge win indeed but we need to HEED the news and what it's really worth.

how many of those "80,000 new and old BlackBerry devices" will be hooked up that are BB10 devices?! THIS is the data we need, imperical data to show if the tide from legacy (BBOS) to new hotness (BB10) is finally coming of age. If not then it may point to refocus on BB10 as a whole to get 'er done!

Why would you sell your shares even a lot of advisors said to hold off because they couldn't really drop much more and with Chen it's up and up each day.

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Lol even the NSA use blackberry. Their not stupid, they know just how easy it is to hack an iPhone or Android device.

Posted via CB10

I held on to my shares for 7 months now. Really been a roller coaster ride. Still down from when I bought them but its looking good for the time being.

I think its time I doubled down.

Z30, Q10, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Awesome. Glad I hung onto my shares as now I'm up.

I just hope for the Pentagon's sake the Android phones that they plan to deploy are Samsung Knox phones or something security equivalent.

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I'm hoping that the image of blackberry doesn't go back to what people assume it to be, just a business phone. It's a lot more than that now, but just need to break from that psychological hold that most people have of the company.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Adam, why don't you link the relevant thread I did on this subject months ago.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

BlackBerry is the number 1 choice of phone for the corporate world. Period. I'm business development. Mgr for a construction company in the middle east and I meet top dogs 24/7, they all use Blackberry's :)

I can't speak for the kids though, I don't think they care about the security and business side of things.. which is why BlackBerry is in such trouble.. but BlackBerry is still by far the best device for the majority of the guys leading the corporate world.

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You're right, the kids have no association with the company, other than a business phone. But the BlackBerry 10 is no longer just a business phone, so we need to be able to show that too.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Shares up to 11.02 on the TSX up $1.04 from Friday!!!

New target prices of $15 to $17 coming in!!

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I have not seen any official confirmation actually at the media of this thing, only the media close to blackberry...

The android and iOS phones used are not for classified use nor are they allowed on the networks for data use, only the BBs are given that access. Those phones are limited to communication use only. This policy has never changed and won't in the near future according to one DoD contractor we work with.

1,800 Android & iOS devices, how many typo keyboards for the iOS phones.....lol. GO Team BlackBerry!

Brought to you by the letter Z and the number 10

BB10 or BBOS isn't critical right now. The buzz generated by positive news will sell more devices.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

Now, take it easy on Yahoo. They have a lemon of a CEO who has yet to make a single move that makes them money. The only thing keeping them afloat is their Chinese investment in an eBAY, PayPal, google-like company. Of course that investment was made by the previous CEO.

Damned BB ! Just when I had almost given up on you, now your stock prices is zooming past C$11 ..go figure..

Contrary to what most people think. BlackBerry is here to stay. That's a win.

Posted via the Amazing Q10 10.2.0.415

This is what I'm talking about. None of the other companies can match BlackBerry security. Go BlackBerry...

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Get the enterprise side sorted before we can start talking devices.

The biggest mistake was that BlackBerry tried to run before it could walk.

Mr Chen has told all his team to redouble their efforts on enterprise.

When the DoD gives a stamp of approval by bringing in BlackBerry devices.

How long before big business follows suit?

Mr Chen and his team needs to bring the devices worthy of all the hard work they have been putting in.

A HTC one with BB10.2.1would do the trick with the Z30 battery life.

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A battle has been won but the war is far from over.

A change in P and P needs to occur before BlackBerry can smile again.

Perception and Profitability needs to change.

The share price needs to quadruple by Q1 2015.

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Well, on a sunny day like today, they are down the road, to the left, and under the bridge. We might see them latter.

Cool!!!! Now all those thousands of Pentagon employees will be able to browse and watch porn securely and with Natural Sound as BlackBerry signature sound innovation!

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Chen's plan to set up shop in Washington makes perfect sense. Set up first rate support for these gov't contracts and get everything transitioned over to BES10. Good moves being planned.

Supa_fly1: re "THIS is the data we need, imperical data", the word is "empirical". Probably bad spellcheck, eh.

This is awesome,...but I sure hope they pre-load the devices with OS 10.2.1.1925! Or else,..the backlash from "restarts" will start all over again.

I'm already seeing more people with BlackBerry, but those with legacy devices, and are mostly BlackBerry 9900 model. Heck, I'm not complaining about that. It's a good start.

Catapulted from my Z10.

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Guess we'll have to see.. running 10.2.1 and installing the full version of instagram or I-Grann on the Personal side when all the security is handled on the Work Profile.. it's that flexibility that make BB10 a good option for the DoD and other companies...

Great news! Morgan Stanley next? Would be great to see some of the major banks move to BlackBerry 10!!

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The only devices certified for secure network connection for data is BB10 devices via the "Authority To Operate" ATO.
All other devices none BB10 will only be used for communications such as talking. No Data.

Maybe we will start getting updates in the US now, a win for Blackberry and a win for us Blackberry faithfuls here in the States

40,000 BB10 devices, probably Q10's.
DISA is architecting the capacity to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones by this fall and 30,000 by the end of 2013 on DoD networks. So in that quote, this tells me its a mix of BB10 and legacy devices.

Good stuff BlackBerry, keep moving forward.

I work for the local government in Miami and even though they do issue iPhones when requested, *yuck* any newly issued BlackBerrys are BB10 (either Z10's or Q10's).

BBM Channel: The Group Ride C00055B7C

My friends laugh at me and tell me my BlackBerry is dead technology. You can't beat the Hub or the security of BBM! Been waiting for a Blackberry comeback...

DISA is architecting the capacity to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones by this fall and 30,000 by the end of 2013 on DoD networks. So in that quote, this tells me its a mix of BB10 and legacy devices.

Good stuff BlackBerry, keep moving forward.

The funny thing about this news is the Pentagon is going all out with BlackBerry and BB10. Well, obviously they are, because most other World Governments are going all out BES10 and BB10. It would look silly for the USA to go for anything other than the best.
BlackBerry ='s Security (& the Best)

Just the tip of the iceberg, other US gov't departments will follow suit. You're talking potential for a few million devices. Canadian gov't will follow suit....

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This is what BlackBerry should of focused on when TH took over. I bet that this is just the beginning of a huge rebirth. Pin to Pin should be a primary product feature which separates BlackBerry from the garden variety Messaging Apps.

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Bloomberg talked about spike in price and as usual they did not have much good to say. It is sad that that anchors know so little and act as experts.

Z10

Go BB, i'm in Portugal and the same happens here. It's all iToys, paranoid, etc, etc so it's nice to see good news like this. I believe in BlackBerry even though there is a long battle ahead still.

Flowing from my Z10 - Portugal!!

Regardless of the news, it won't save BlackBerry as the 80,000 BBOS devices the Pentagon are buying is a drop in the ocean compared to the number of iPhone's activated in a single weekend.

Dare I mention the Samsung activation numbers?

"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."
Sure sounds like almost all 80K are existing legacy devices to me and opening the door wide to other devices is NOT good news, no matter how it is spun. Mkt down big today off China diarrhea and they let some air out of BB as well.

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