Navy starts migration from BlackBerry to Apple and Android
The Navy CIO announced that users on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) may now begin transitioning from BlackBerry devices to Apple smartphones and tablets, with migration to Android devices expected for later this year.
Last November, the Navy evaluated and certified iOS and Android devices for use on NMCI.
NMCI users can procure and use the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as well as the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 tablets for use with NMCI email, calendar, task lists and contacts.
NMCI now can support 15,000 iPhone/iPad users anywhere in the continental United States and Hawaii, and plans to increase capacity to approximately 30,000 by the end of summer, which will be sufficient to transition all Navy NMCI BlackBerry users. With the BlackBerry "end of life" nearing, it is important that BlackBerry users transition as quickly as possible, the Navy said.
The modifications required for the use of iPhones and iPads on a wireless service contract can be time consuming, so the Navy encourages organizations to begin the contracting and transition process through their wireless account manager for iPhones and iPhone service and through their Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contracting officers.