According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung recently won an order from the U.S. army for about 7,000 smartphones, and is close to securing another order from the National Security Agency for several thousand devices. Historically, government agencies would choose BlackBerry devices due to their security, but Samsung devices are also secure enough for government use, after some modification.
The army’s order is for 7,000 Galaxy Note 2s for its Nett Warrior system. The system will attach the phablets to the soldiers chests for use on the battlefield. Samsung actually had a contract for the project before, but this new order expands the number of devices involved.
The NSA order is said to be part of the Fishbowl project which is simply aimed at upgrading the devices used by the agency’s employees.
Both agencies install their own secure software on the devices they buy from Samsung, but the fact that they even consider Samsung for such large orders is a big deal for the company. The government choosing to use Samsung devices send signals to major companies that they’re secure enough for their networks, as well.
The upside for this companies who might look into Samsung devices over BlackBerry devices is their employees might actually enjoy using the Samsung phones. Who wouldn’t prefer a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 over a BlackBerry Z10?