As new smartphone models hit the market this approaching autumn, it’s not only us or other customers who are thinking of switching phones. The New York City Police Department says it will give up its already bought 36,000 Windows Phones and transition to iPhones by the end of the year.
This news is certainly much interesting when speaking about ready to ditch 36,000 Windows Phone handsets, replacing them with Apple’s iPhones. This news comes less than a year after the Windows Phone devices were rolled out to employees, making quite the turnaround. The iteration is anticipated to take place before 2017 draws to a close.
Remind you that the NYPD bought 36,000 Windows Phones over the course of the last years as part of a “mobility initiative,” costing tax-payers $160 million. It was when Microsoft announced that it would be discontinuing support for phones with the Windows 8.1 software, the Big Apple’s cops will be getting iPhones.
If the aforementioned comes to scene, then, the standard-issue Lumia 830 and 640XL devices won’t get any help if something goes wrong. The switch to iPhones also suggests that the NYPD doesn’t actually see a long-term value in upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile.
The department reportedly handed over the Nokia Lumia 830 and 640 XL smartphones to officers in June. The report however, does not go into specific about whether the NYPD would be opting for Apple’s latest and greatest iPhones or a more budget friendly option such as the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, though, with Apple expected to announce the iPhone 8, 7s and 7s Plus in a couple of weeks, we do doubt that such high-end abd ultimately expensively priced devices will be finding their ways into the hands of New York’s finest any time soon.
Note: The iPhone 8’s expected entry price point is $1,000?
If you are wondering what a police officer might use a smartphone for during his or her job. It allows them expanded search capabilities, including access to the majority of NYPD databases. Couple that with an ability to perform a wide range of checks from the field in a timelier manner. And of course, the need for a reliable, speedy device makes plenty of sense. It seems highly unlikely that NYPD police will be carrying the latest version of the device.
The smartphones also provide real-time 911 call data, the department said in 2014. The rest here at New York Post.
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