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In the heat of its financial struggles, BlackBerry just got a breath of fresh air thanks to the US Department of Defense, which has placed an order for 80,000 of its smartphones. As part of its smartphone expansion strategy, the Department of Defense is also giving 1,800 undisclosed mobile devices to its employees including "Apple iPad 3 and iPad 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets and Samsung Galaxy S3, and Motorola RAZR," the statement reads.


The news caused quite a stir in the stock market, as the company's stock shares peaked to $10 per share. In the end of last year BlackBerry shares were hovering around the $7 mark.

In spite of BlackBerry losing ground in the consumer market, the Canadian phonemaker has historically been the preferred partner for government agencies and security companies due to its smartphones' enhanced security features. In May last year, BlackBerry successfully certified its entire BlackBerry 10 family of devices to the Department of Defense security standards. This resulted in the Pentagon approving a contract for nearly half a million BB phones.

The news, however, isn't good enough to get the company out of the financial swamp it's currently in. The company is still on track with its plan to put the majority of its Canadian real estate in sale-leaseback. More than 3 million square feet of the company's commercial real estate is destined to be rented and sold in the future.

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I feel sorry for the employees that will be forced to use them...

I fell sorry for the US citizens that their money goes for this fad. Why do they need these smartphones? They can't say "Hello!" on a 25$ phone?

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Pentagon says it didn't buy 80,000 new BlackBerry phones By Donna Tam January 23, 2014 11:21 AM PST
Not so fast, BlackBerry investors -- the government now says it did not make any new purchases from the struggling smartphone maker.

Pentagon says 'absolutely no new orders have been placed' for BlackBerry phones By Dan Seifert on January 23, 2014 12:12 pm

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