Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General drops BlackBerry

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The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the US is turning away from BlackBerry for its mobile phone and computing needs and leaving BlackBerry with some critical words as it leaves.

The Government office is in the market for 85 iPhones and 85 Samsung Galaxy phones, contracting documents show.

In a brand name justification that accompanies the solicitation document, the office notes the new devices

“will ensure continuity as they will replace OIG’s antiquated BlackBerry smartphones that are prone to malfunctions.”

It continues:

“OIG’s latest BlackBerry smartphones do not support the latest existing technologies: 4G LTE data speeds or SVLTE,” a system that allows phones to use voice and data networks simultaneously.

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