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NYPD is already replacing its Windows phones with iPhones


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:51 PM

The NYPD is learning a hard lesson about the dangers of buying a declining smartphone platform in bulk. The New York Post understands that the police force is replacing all 36,000 of its officers' Windows phones with iPhones just two years after the rollout began. It's not exactly clear as to why, but Microsoft recently ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 -- the standard-issue Lumia 830 and 640 XL devices won't get any help if something goes wrong. The switch to iPhones also suggests that the NYPD doesn't see a long-term value in upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile.

 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:55 PM

Why do they need smartphones apart from making calls? Do they have some sort of a special app where they get coordinates and stuff like that?



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:47 PM

https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/02/nypds-smartphone-program-is-shortening-crime-response-times/



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 07:32 PM

I see. Well, good for them that it works out favorably, as evident by the numbers. I questioned myself why wouldn't they go the less expensive Android road, but then I realized that the NYPD prioritizes long-term support for their smartphones, which with Apple is the most extensive at 5+ years and possibly more than a decade if they could cut a deal for special longer-term support, if, let's say, the whole nation's police force buys iPhones exclusively. Win-win! :)


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