No refills on BlackBerry OS 10 devices after current stock runs out, Senate office says

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BlackBerrys with OS 10 will no longer be given to Senate staffers once the current stock has run out, the chamber’s Mobile Communications Services office announced last week in a message sent to administrators.

The memo says that BlackBerry has discontinued production of its OS 10 devices. The Mobile Communications Services office still has an inventory of 600 devices in stock, but once those are gone, it will only be able to replace units under warranty.  

A representative from the Office of Sergeant at Arms told FedScoop that the office sends out notices any time a product is “discontinued or is in limited supply.”

“The Senate is not phasing out BlackBerrys,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to FedScoop. “BlackBerry still supports and will continue to support our devices and the OS 10 platform on which they operate.”

“We are always evaluating evolving technologies appropriate to our environment,” the spokesperson wrote in the email.

iPhone SE and Samsung S6 Android devices are available to offices that have chosen to transition from BlackBerry, the memo said.

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