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Samsung putting squeeze on BlackBerry in government phone fight

Samsung is ready to take on BlackBerry in the U.S. enterprise and government markets - let the fight begin! (KRX:005935, NASDAQ:BBRY)

| Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 10:20 pm

BlackBerry is fighting for survival in a competitive smartphone in which consumers jumped onto the Apple and Samsung bandwagons, leaving behind the once-dominant company. To make matters worse, Samsung is revamping its products to prepare for a takeover of U.S. government agencies and the enterprise workplace.

 

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Earlier in the year, the U.S. government ordered 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones - but Samsung tallied 7,000 devices sold to the U.S. Army, with a separate deal for a few thousand devices for another government agency in the works.

 

Although BlackBerry still can depend on the government, Samsung is working hard to entice decision makers to adopt its government-ready devices. New BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have a fight on his hands, as he announced in 2013 that winning over enterprise customers is a major priority for the Canadian phone maker.

 

"We have sharpened our enterprise focus to government, regulated industries and other large organizations," while developing " a broad vision of how we will serve these companies," said John Sims, BlackBerry president leading enterprise efforts, told the Wall Street Journal.

NEWS SOURCES:Online.wsj.com

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