The NYPD's $160 million upgrade wasn't funded from its own coffers, but the smartphones, as well as tablets, were purchased using money from a fine against BNP Paribas for violating USA anti-terror sanctions. According to Digital Trends, the NYPD bought both Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 640X models, which were released in 2014 and 2015 respectively, because deputy commissioner of IT Jessica Tisch believed the phones were more cost-effective and had "better security features and remote management". The NY Post writer called Windows Phone "useless". Microsoft and BlackBerry sustained the greatest hit from the growing popularity of Android and iOS devices. Tisch also pointed out that the department's smartphone initiative is still 45% under budget, given that its Windows phone contract provided the devices at no cost, and allowed for the department to replace those phones with devices of its choosing two years later, also at no cost.
About 36,000 police officers in New York City are using smartphones powered by the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system.
Department heads have already chose to switch over to iPhones instead.
"You read that right". But with the platform being dumped by Microsoft, they will be switching hardware. The move has been forced by Microsoft's decision to cease support for the platform as of last month.
The decision to purchase the Windows smartphones has been pinned on deputy commissioner for IT Jessica Tisch, with the report noting she made the decision to stick with Microsoft partially because the police force uses software from the company to run its surveillance programme.
'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".
An NYPD spokesman said the department wouldn't discuss the cellphone situation until Tisch returned from vacation Monday.
The woman responsible for a catastrophic decision to equip NY police officers with Windows smartphones, all of which are now being dumped, has doubled-down on her idiocy.
One issue: The Nokia phones it originally selected couldn't be upgraded.