This is just a first step: All Blackberrys are to be replaced by iOS or other approved mobile devices eventually.
The U.S. AirForce has announced that it will retire 5,000 Blackberry devices and replace them with new iOS devices.
The AirForce Times reports the following statement from Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, communications director for Air Force Space Command: “In order to keep costs down and save on network resources, BlackBerrys will be turned in and shut off once the user is transitioned to an iOS device”.
Any Blackberry device activated after Jan. 1, 2014 will now require a waiver.
The U.S. AirForce is transitioning out of the Blackberry platform and says that, eventually, all mobile users will have to trade their Blackberry for an iPhone, an iPad, or another approved smartphone or tablet.
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