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Feds Buy Off-The-Shelf BlackBerry Smartphones

Feds Buy BlackBerry Smartphones 300x298 Feds Buy Off The Shelf BlackBerry SmartphonesSara Silver at the Wall Street Journal put together an interesting article.  Apparently government agencies are now buying off-the-shelf communication equipment, including BlackBerry smartphones, for their rank-and-file employees.

In the past these were reserved for high level executives within the various organizations, but the need for mobile communications and rapid distribution of information has changed the status quo.

The current budget allots 70 billion for information technology, including wireless devices and service contracts.  An increasing portion of which is spent on commercial equipment.

If you think about it, this is a no brainer because procuring proprietary communication equipment is very expensive and usually requires special support staff to maintain it.

Of course the BlackBerry line of smartphones is the perfect fit for this sort of commercial acquisition due to it’s superior security features.   The iPhone may be popular with kids and gamers, but it has several very serious security flaws that do not make it a good fit for government applications.  For further examples of this, read a recent article on Wired.com titled, “Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses“.

One of the primary users of the BlackBerry smartphone is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because it replaced the need for pagers, cellphones and in some cases laptops.

If you work at a government agency that has recently adopted BlackBerry smartphones, we would like to hear from you.  Drop us a line at admin@mobimadness.com.

[source: Wall Street Journal]

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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