Pentagon says it didn't buy 80,000 new BlackBerry phones
Not so fast, BlackBerry investors -- the government now says it did not make any new purchases from the struggling smartphone maker.
The government is not going to save BlackBerry with a massive order of 80,000 phones, despite earlier reports that.
The Department of Defense confirmed to The Verge on Thursday that "absolutely no new orders have been placed for new BB devices." The 80,000 phones mentioned in a January 16 press release -- that, it seems, many of us in the media misread -- was referencing already existing devices.
The press release does indeed say the program "currently supports 1,800 unclassified mobile devices," which includes items like
We contacted the Department of Defense for comment and will update if we hear back.
BlackBerry is known to tout its. Of course, the company didn't try to correct anyone on this latest faux pas -- one that gave its stock a much-needed boost.