The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the
past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be
upgraded, The Post has learned.
The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a
$160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio
touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.”
But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials
plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end
of the year, sources said.[…]
Law enforcement sources blamed the boondoggle on NYPD Deputy
Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, with one
saying, “She 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 Fucking Christ, you get a panel of
Really does seem baffling that they’d invest so heavily in Windows Phone in 2014, long after it was clear that the platform was dying.