NYPD to Scrap 36,000 Windows Phones and Replace Them With iPhones [Report]

NYPD to Scrap 36,000 Windows Phones and Replace Them With iPhones [Report]

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The NYPD has to scrap 36,000 Windows phones it provided officers over the past two years because they are already obsolete and can't be upgraded, reports the New York Post.

The smartphones were purchased as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative but just months after the last phone was handed out, officials are now planning to replace them all with brand new iPhones by the end of the year.

On July 11th, Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1. The company said there will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for devices running Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier.

The decision to buy the now obsolete devices is being blamed on NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch who "drove the whole process".

“Nobody purchases 36,000 phones based on the judgment of one person,” a source said. “I don’t care if you’re Jesus f- -king Christ, you get a panel of experts.”

The NYPD bought the Lumia 830, released in October 2014, and the Lumia 640XL, released in March 2015. In comparison, the iPhone 6, released in September 2014, is still receiving regular updates from Apple.

Despite the poor shelf life of Microsoft's phones, they have been hailed for giving officers the ability to receive alerts, search law enforcement databases, file reports and even watch in real time as 911 dispatchers type up emergency calls.

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NYPD to Scrap 36,000 Windows Phones and Replace Them With iPhones [Report]
AJ - August 31, 2017 at 3:46am
Smells bad!
Arnold Lastman - August 30, 2017 at 9:44pm
Pretty woman, walkin' down the street Pretty woman the kind I like to meet Pretty woman I don't believe you, you're not the truth No one could look as good as you, mercy…
Hib - August 30, 2017 at 2:48pm
Tax payer money.
D4xM4Nx - August 29, 2017 at 4:49am
No more can be expected from government MFs... They're kidding themselves for not choosing iOS over anything else, even worse with Windows phones.
Vang - August 28, 2017 at 11:57pm
Just go apple. Quit trying to be different. The other brands just stinks.
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