BlackBerry may have recently scored an order for a million BlackBerry 10 Smartphones, but at almost exactly the same time they’ve pretty much blown a contract worth 650,000 devices.
Easy come, easy go…or so it would seem.
According to industry reports, the Department of Defense here in the US is to place an order for 650,000 devices running Apple’s iOS, in order to replace a small arsenal of BlackBerry devices that are not compatible with the new BlackBerry 10 OS. The order will include 210,000 iPhones, 200,000 iPods, 100,000 iPad Minis and at least 120,00 iPads which are to be shipped to various stations all over the world and be used at the Pentagon.
The news comes hot on the heels of reports that BlackBerry may have also lost a crucially important client in the UK in the form of the country’s government offices. Having failed to gain clearance in terms of overall security, BlackBerry 10 has so far been deemed unsuitable for governmental use in the UK and could lead to tens of millions of dollars in losses by way of both device sales and continuing revenues.
Nevertheless, optimism remains high that BlackBerry 10 will continue to make a name for itself in the consumer sphere at least, with hype once again gaining momentum ahead of an expected BlackBerry Z10 relase date for the US.
This is likely to be followed in quick succession by the QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry Q10, completing the company’s initial comeback campaign and answering the question as to whether the company formerly known as RIM has already had its day in the sun, or is really only just getting started.