BlackBerry CEO unsure what “replaced” means.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen, in his essay for CNBC:
For governments, BlackBerry cannot just be replaced.
Unless you count The Air Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The National Transportation Safety Board, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and TSA, all of whom moved away from BlackBerrys to iPhones and iPads. Back in 2012.
And let’s not forget the U.S. Department of Defense, who just this May approved iPhones and iPads for use on military networks.
Granted, BlackBerry could have a lock on non-U.S. government contracts, if you dismiss England and Ireland, who both recently dropped BlackBerry as their sole government handset provider.
Even in their home country, one-third of the Canadian government’s mobile phones are Androids or iPhones.
Merriam-Webster defines “replace” as:
”to take the place of, especially as a substitute or successor”
The BlackBerry in John Chen’s mind may have transformed itself into a immovable pillar of government, but in the material world where governments actually function, BlackBerry is being replaced.