US Military gets Cingular, BlackBerrys


The United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) has announced that it has chosen Cingular Wireless to provide wireless voice and data communications services for its personnel and operations. The Norfolk, VA-based USJFCOM has ordered approximately 700 mobile phones, BlackBerrys and LaptopConnect cards enabled for Cingular’s UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect service.

“Cingular brings USJFCOM personnel several advantages, such as access to free mobile-to-mobile calling, and a global standard, 3G wireless technology that allows for simultaneous voice and data sessions,” said Chris Hill, vice president, government solutions, for Cingular Wireless.

USJFCOM personnel include members from each branch of the U.S. military, civil servants, contract employees and consultants. Cool stuff. Question, though: don’t you stop using acronyms once they take as long to say as your organization’s full name?