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Pentagon: Department of Defense not buying 80,000 BlackBerry phones

updated 03:25 pm EST, Thu January 23, 2014

Press release misinterpreted, devices to be used already on hand

News sites, including this one, seized upon a press release issued by the Department of Defense alluding to it using 80,000 BlackBerry devices for unclassified work. A clarifying statement from the Pentagon has denied any new purchases from the Waterloo manufacturer, and explaining that the 80,000 devices it noted using are already in the hands of the military, and are not, in fact, new purchases.

The Department of Defense confirmed that the devices weren't being purchased to The Verge, saying that "absolutely no new orders have been placed for new BB devices. The DISA press release put out January 16 never alluded to any devices being purchased. The 80,000 BBs and 1,800 non-BB devices referenced in the release are legacy systems already in DoD inventories."

Electronista has since learned that none of these devices are BlackBerry 10, with all of them being more than two years old, and some as old as six years. Nearly all of the 80,000 devices are BlackBerry 7, with some on older revisions of the secure OS. BlackBerry's stock fell sharply in trading on Thursday on the news.



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