Booz Allen Hamilton Dropping BlackBerry for iPhone, Android

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Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm that works with the U.S. government, has eliminated support for BlackBerry. It will no longer purchase BlackBerry devices for its employees and is removing its BlackBerry server, effectively cutting off email to existing BlackBerry devices.

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Booz Allen Hamilton is a McLean, Virigina based company that provides consulting services the to U.S. military and security agencies such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Homeland Security. The company had sales of $5.86 billion and employs 25,000 staff members.

According to Bloomberg, the company has already been issuing Android and iOS devices and will be moving the remaining BlackBerry users to these devices in the coming months. A Booz Allen Hamilton spokesperson declined to say just how many people this would involve.

Government had been one of the few remaining strongholds of BlackBerry users, but it looks like that support is fading fast. The General Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms have also begun replacing BlackBerry devices with Android and iOS ones, a move involving tens of thousands of devices.

However, last April, Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerrys, claimed that U.S. government sales were rising and were still used in places such as the White House. Today, RIM spokesperson Crystal Roberts said there were still more than 1 million government customers in North America.

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RIM has promised a worth-the-wait upgrade with its BlackBerry 10 phones, but will the twice-delayed phone is now expected in early 2013, it seems that many are finding it not worth the wait.

Losing a company like Booz Allen Hamilton is a major blow not just for the unit sales lost, but for the mindshare effect it could have on the rest of the IT industry. Potential customers and competing companies alike pay attention when things like this happen.

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Stephanie Batzer

It’s actually Booz Allen Hamilton, having been a part of the mother ship for 7+years, unless you mean Booz and Co.

Dave Hamilton

Thanks, Stephanie. Indeed, I thought the same thing this morning, and we’ve corrected the article. Thanks for the heads-up!

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