The German government has reportedly entered into an agreement with German firm Secusmart to purchase about 5,000 secure BlackBerry Z10 smartphones for use by its employees, German tech site Area Mobile reported earlier today. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which greenlit the deal, has reportedly also entered into an agreement with Deutsche Telekom to purchase about 5,000 Samsung Galaxy S II and S III models. Unfortunately for Apple, the iPhone was conspicuously absent from the list of new BSI-sanctioned devices.
A boost for BlackBerry's comeback attempt
The deals aid BlackBerry's attempt to regain momentum in the enterprise market, but also help Samsung's new competing enterprise products. BlackBerry launched its new BlackBerry 10 software in January specifically highlighting the ability to easily switch between work and personal modes on the same device with a feature called BlackBerry Balance. Secusmart will be augmenting the BlackBerry Z10s for the German government by adding its own SD card security chips for accessing encrypted messages and files. Meanwhile, Samsung recently announced its own feature offering work and personal modes, Knox, and has been openly encouraging BlackBerry enterprise defections lately with its "Unicorn Apocalypse" ad campaign for Samsung's Approved for Enterprise offering. Despite that, Germany is prepared to use both companies' enterprise solutions simultaneously. While not a wholesale victory for either company, it is certainly a boost to BlackBerry's comeback attempt.