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    July 5, 2016

    The US Senate officially drops BlackBerry for Samsung and Apple

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    Employees of the US Senate will no longer be issued BlackBerry phones, and will be required to update to either a Galaxy S6 or iPhone SE in future.

    For years, BlackBerry reigned as the King in the Boardroom, and perhaps that was best exemplified by the fact that employees of the US Senate have traditionally been offered the likes of the BlackBerry Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport and Classic as their weapon of choice.

    No longer. Citing the fact that BlackBerry aren’t set to produce any BlackBerry 10 phones in the near future, the Sergeant at Arms has revealed – in a statement to US Senate administration – that employees will soon have to migrate to a different handset.

    Read: BlackBerry Argon, Neon, and Mercury specs leak ahead of launch

    The notice – which stipulated that “œOnce we have exhausted our current in-house stock, new device procurements will be limited, while supplies last, to warranty exchanges only” – informed staff that soon new options would be provided.

    Mobile network Verizon has offered US Senate employees the choice of an instant upgrade to either the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the 16GB iPhone SE.

    The choice of handset is interesting, as BlackBerry does now provide an ‘ultra-secure’ offering; the Priv. However, given the fact that BlackBerry has recently shut down its factories and allegedly handed manufacturing over to TCL Communications (better known as Alcatel) the future of the Canadian company looks increasingly bleak.

    While the US Senate and BlackBerry itself will continue to support BlackBerry 10 models in the immediate future, no new devices will be ordered once stock of all available models have been depleted.

    Read: BlackBerry Priv Review: Crossing the Rubicon

    What are your thoughts on the news that the US Senate is set to move away from supporting BlackBerry? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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