In case you didn’t think the mobile takeover was real, the U.S. Government is considering leaving it’s archaic standard of RIM and Blackberry devices and opting for Apple or Android instead. In a quest for a larger, mature app ecosystems – The U.S. Government has officially announced that they’re accepting applications for new service providers that can manage keeping their defense secrets – A SECRET.
TechCrunch reports The U.S. Government will now be looking into solutions for provisioning iOS and Android devices in addition to those featuring RIM’s BlackBerry OS, according to a new report from Reuters. That means RIM will no longer have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices at the U.S. Defense Department, though it will remain another option.
A posting for the Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for companies to submit applications detailing how they can provide software to monitor and enforce strict security measures required for sensitive defense-related operations. The potential size of any arrangement with the Defense Department is huge: it could span 8 million devices all told. But the DOD doesn’t mean RIM is left out in the cold; in fact, BlackBerry’s Mobile Fusion cross-platform mobile device management solution is among the software solutions that could theoretically meet the needs of the DOD.
RIM said that it will be offering Fusion as a potential solution for consideration, in an interview with Reuters. And while other organizations like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have announced they’ll switch entirely to iPhone, BlackBerry still probably won’t kicked out of the Pentagon altogether, at least in the immediate future, so while this is a blow, it isn’t a knock-out punch quite yet.
Apple isn’t just for anybody, it’s apparently for everybody! First AT&T, then Verizon & Sprint and now pre-paid wireless carrier Cricket Wireless! If you’ve ever wondered who’s going to win the battle of the unlimited data & calling plans, check out more details of just how much signing with Cricket will cost you!
FastCompany.com reports: Cricket Wireless has just become the first carrier to sell the iPhone in the U.S. as part of a pre-paid plan. Starting June 22, for $55 buyers of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will have access to unlimited talk, texting, and data. The cost of the Cricket iPhone models are pegged at $150 less than the unlocked iPhone models sold by Apple, making it a sweeter deal for U.S. buyers reluctant to commit to one cellular network. While the Cricket pre-paid plan for the iPhone is a first for the U.S., pre-paid phones are much more common in international markets, which account for 60% of Apple’s sales. Leap Wireless, which owns and sells phones though Cricket, has been selling phones of all kinds on pre-paid plans for about 10 years now, using a flat-rate, pre-paid, unlimited access model. Cricket also sells contractless access to broadband. Customers will be able to buy both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in Cricket company-owned stores and select dealers in nearly 60 markets. The iPhone will also be available for sale on the company’s official website, and over the phone at 800-853-7682.
Let’s just hope that Cricket doesn’t brand their version of the iPhone with their logo like they have other phones. Either way, you’re sure to see that you may not be as cool as you thought you were – since it’s guaranteed that almost everyone will have a new iPhone now…
What do you think? Are you one cell phone bill from leaving your current provider? Would you leave your carrier for Cricket Wireless? Sound off below!
Many RIM Blackberry users worldwide have been affected by the RIM outage coming up on almost four days (to be exact). RIM BlackBerry email service, which manages the email system for millions of customers around the world, suffered a failure in Europe four days ago, which eventually caused a significant email backlog. That action led to a mail slow down and disruption of service in other parts of the world, including the U.S., starting Wednesday. This morning, RIM founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis finally stepped forward to offer his apologies for the service disruptions.
“It’s been my goal,” said Lazaridis on a YouTube video, “to provide reliable real-time communications around the world. We did not deliver on that goal this week. Not even close.” When hinting at a time in which the issue would be fixed, Lazaridis says “It’s too soon to say this issue is fully resolved.”
Personally, I feel bad for many Blackberry users. Especially since Blackberry has been steadily losing market share to Android phones and Apple and, despite a number of new handset releases, is no longer seen as a smartphone leader. With the latest unresolved developments, it’s only a matter of time until Blackberry users will begin an exodus towards Apple & Android devices.
Is your Blackberry is dead?
Will you be making the switch to Apple or Android?
If you could tell Blackberry anything right now, what would you say?
Let us know!
Were you a summer school lunch kid like me? Do you know a low income family that could use in-home internet access and an affordable netbook to get ready for the school year?
As it was announced during last month’s Blogging While Brown Conference, Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.
The program, called Internet Essentials, will “provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to the company’s blog.
Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.
The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:
- Are located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states)
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
- Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
Upon enrollment, new customers have the opportunity to buy a “netbook-style laptop computer” for $149.99 (plus tax). It supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and includes the Windows 7 Starter operating system and Internet browser software.
The program is a by-product of the Comcast-NBC merger, in which the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” as one of a number of conditions to the acquisition.
This initiative helps push the United States one step closer to closing the digital divide between the “haves” and “havenots.”
During these hard financial times, now is the time to shout this news from the clubs to the malls & possibly gain a fresh for low-income families & kids during this upcoming school year.
Do you know a family that could benefit from Comcast’s Internet Essentials?
Would you consider contributing to that family in need?