Blackberry has for a long time been the phone of choice for the government employees and the powerful elite in Washington D.C. and in fact even President Obama is known to use one, however the glory days of the phone might be coming to an end following the latest memo circulated by the U.S. Senate. The heydays of the mobile phone maker is well on its way to being over as the U.S Senate will no longer issue new Blackberry phones to senate staffers and going forward, only Android and IPhones will be issued. However, it must be noted that the existing Blackberry phone users will continue to receive the support that they are entitled to.
According to the memo that was issed by the U.S. Sergeant at Arms, "BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices (Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport, and Classic) has been discontinued. Future carrier order fulfillment will not be guaranteed due to limited remaining stock. BlackBerry device support will continue for the foreseeable future. BlackBerry is committed to maintaining their support of our devices to include uninterrupted warranty and technical support," It went on to add, "Once we have exhausted our current in-house stock, new device procurements will be limited, while supplies last, to warranty exchanges only."
However, in a curious twist that has certainly come as a surprise for most, the company has released a statement and denied the development. "The statement about discontinuation of BlackBerry 10 at AT&T and Verizon is incorrect. BlackBerry's device strategy is based on a cross-platform model where we'll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices. We are focused on software updates for BlackBerry 10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for next month, and a second update to follow next year," PCMag magazine has stated in a report, "It's unlikely that BlackBerry's news will change Capitol Hill's push toward Android and iOS devices. Currently, staffers have been told that Verizon will suspend eligibility upgrade requirements for those moving from a BlackBerry to a Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone SE seems to have recently made its way onto the approved list as well.
That said, with around 600 or so BlackBerry devices still left in the Senate's inventory, it might take some time for holdouts to exhaust the remaining supply"