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Pentagon Retaining Multivendor Mobile Device Strategy

MobilePhonesThe Defense Department is denying a report that it will replace all of its current mobile devices with 650,000 Apple iOS devices, GCN reports.

Technology website Electronista reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon planned to buy the iOS devices and eliminate Blackberry devices after sequestration concludes.

In response, Lt. Col. Damian Pickart, a department spokesperson, told GCN said the department is taking a multivendor approach for its mobile device management strategy.

The department is aiming to have a management system and application store supporting 100,000 devices by February 2014, he told GCN.

Pickart also said the department currently 600,000 devices in either operational or pilot environments.

Nearly 470,000 of those devices run on Blackberry RIM, 41,000 are on Apple iOS and 8,700 run on Android OS, according to GCN.

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