Pentagon: No, we're not dropping BlackBerry support

Defense Department says that reports it plans to drop the BlackBerry are inaccurate.

The BlackBerry Z10. Stephen Shankland/CNET
With its newest smartphone set to go on sale tomorrow, BlackBerry received some good news today when the Pentagon said it intends to continue supporting the company's smartphones.

"The department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is 'dropping' BlackBerry. This reporting is in error. The department recently released its mobility strategy and supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices, to include BlackBerry," Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told PC Magazine.

BlackBerry's Z10 is considered crucial to the company's comeback hopes. It's the first phone to launch with the company's new BlackBerry 10 software, and it's the first BlackBerry smartphone to operate over AT&T's 4G LTE network.

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