Both Apple and HTC must be thrilled today with both manufacturers receiving word of huge purchase requests of their respective mobile devices.
Tablets Take Flight
Bloomberg reported that the US Air Mobility Command of the US Air Force has submitted a Request for Purchase (RFP)
“between 63 and 18,000 iPad 2, Brand name or Equivalent”
…tablets. The RFP supposedly attempts to justify the purchases because of the global maps available on mobile tablets. Currently, US pilots carry up to 40 pounds of maps on flights, and sometimes, they just get in the way while trying to fly the planes.
We’re joking on that last part, but the concept still applies: The US Pentagon is considering replacing those paper maps with mobile tablet technology.
Oddly, the request seems quite reasonable on the justification noted, the oddity of the number range notwithstanding, but some might wonder at this point just how much (over retail price) will the US Pentagon pay for the tablets chosen?
HTC Endeavours to Return the Love
Yes, that typo-ish entry is a play on word spelling, but the basics hold true: The Taiwanese technology firm has received pre-order sales requests from a record-setting 20 telecom companies – including Vodaphone, the world’s largest provider, and Orange.
Previously known as the HTC Edge, the renamed HTC Endeavour will premier at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of this month, and it seems HTC might need to get a bigger booth if the line is already starting to form!
Hopefully, the mobile phone will be available shortly thereafter, for the demand is already rising.
We gave a preview of the then-called HTC Edge a few weeks ago. Take a look at the amazing capabilities and a short list of the features this 4.7-inch screened, landscape-capable smartphone has to offer.
Then find a retailer near you and order your own handset before the advance numbers cause an e-shortage!