According to reports, Samsung is close to signing a deal with the US FBI. This deal would be a boost for the Korean tech giant, which is trying to cater to government agencies, which as we all know has been dominated by BlackBerry Ltd. for quite some time now.
Currently, the FBI employs more than 35,000 and they mainly use BlackBerry devices. However, it is still unclear whether the FBI plans to totally replace all of their BlackBerry devices with Samsung’s Galaxy models or whether the agency will use devices from both BlackBerry Ltd. and Samsung.
Meanwhile, an FBI spokesperson declined to comment on the subject, stating that FBI’s selection for its new smartphones is part of their active acquisition process and any current discussions are proprietary to the US government.
This deal between the Samsung Galaxy S4 maker was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. The news publication also said that the Korean tech giant is close to signing a smaller order for its devices with the US Navy (with the publication citing people who are knowledgeable to the matter).
Now, BlackBerry Ltd.’s and the Korean tech giant’s representatives declined to comment on the news. The BlackBerry Z10 maker on the other hand emphasized that it holds its OS as the best in market when it comes to security features.
Steve Zipperstein (BlackBerry’s Chief Legal Officer) said in an interview: “The security of mobile devices is more important now than it has ever been before,” and added “It is fair to ask why in this context anyone would consider moving from the gold standard in security, which is the BlackBerry platform.”
Back in May, the US Pentagon cleared the Korean tech giant’s Android devices and a new line of BlackBerry devices (BB10 OS powered) for use on Defence Department networks.
It seems like the Korean tech giant is pushing hard to convince US government agencies and big corporate clients that its Android powered Galaxy range devices can meet their respective strict security needs.
Samsung is hoping that their Pentagon clearance and this deal with the FBI will help boost sales of their devices to security-conscious customers (i.e. banks and law firms).