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Pentagon Drops Exclusive Contract With Blackberry Maker RIM

Research in Motion, the manufacturer of Blackberry, suffered another major loss in its business after Pentagon announced that it has already ended its exclusive contract with the company.

Pentagon stated that it’s now encouraging other software companies such Apple, Microsoft, and Google to apply for a government contract and provide them with software developed to supervise and manage U.S military security requirements.

In an interview with Reuters, the Pentagon spokesperson asserted they will continue to use a large number of blackberry smartphones but broadening its reach with other smartphone makers becomes as a priority in an attempt to increase the use of new and innovative applications in the military.

“DISA is managing an enterprise e-mail capability that continues to support large numbers of RIM devices while moving forward with the department’s planned mobile management capability that will support a variety of mobility devices,” the spokesperson told Reuters, according to

The spokesperson insisted that Pentagon isn’t completely ending their contract with Research In Motion, However, the development came as another bad beak for the company after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced last week that it’s dropping contract with RIM for the supply of all of its BlackBerry devices.

Apple’s iPhone replaced Blackberry smartphones as the office asserted that RIM’s smartphone RIM’s smartphone could not cope up with their present needs.

“We are confident that BlackBerry is, and will continue to be, the best solution for government agencies. BlackBerry brings unparalleled real-time mobile access to police forces and the military to ensure public safety. It has proven time again to be the most available and reliable communications channel during natural disasters and for first-responders. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on BlackBerry security for secure, mobile transmission of confidential information,” said RIM vice president for government solutions Paul Lucie.


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