Just a few short years after being given the option to ditch BlackBerry for iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone, Australia's elected members of parliament are now ditching BlackBerry completely.
The BlackBerry used to be the only phone that members of parliament were allowed to use. Shortly before the 2013 federal election, the Department of Parliamentary Services -- which maintains responsibility for the mobile phones issued to all parliamentarians -- established a "one-stop shop" for the IT needs of the politicians.
A review of IT for the parliament conducted in 2012 found that "a substantial number of parliamentarians" favoured the iPhone over the BlackBerry they had been issued with, and complained that the phones were unduly restrictive and had high failure rates.
After the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and a number of Windows Phone devices were given security approval by the Australian Signals Directorate, the Department of Parliamentary Services began offering these options in the one-stop shop to cater to those MPs desperate to move away from BlackBerry.
In 2013, DPS CIO Eija Seittenranta told ZDNet that most MPs had moved away from BlackBerry.
"[There has] probably been a move to iOS, but there's people who have chosen to stay with BlackBerry, and a small number who have picked the Samsung," she said.
Almost two years later, the move away from BlackBerry seems to be so overwhelming that DPS has now ceased supporting the device.
"Support for BlackBerry in the Australian Parliament House environment ceased at the end of June 2015 after the last BlackBerry user in the environment had been migrated to other platforms," a spokesperson for DPS told ZDNet.
One of the last hold-outs, and father of the House, Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, confirmed this week that he had been forced to move from BlackBerry to the iPhone for emails. However, he said he still uses his Nokia C5 as his regular phone.
@vanOnselenP I still use my Nokia C5 as primary phone. Never fails. Recently got given an iPhone for my emails
-- Philip Ruddock (@philipruddockmp) July 2, 2015
An IDC survey found that BlackBerry managed to capture just 0.4 percent of global smartphone sales in 2014.
The Department of Treasury ditched BlackBerry for Apple in 2013.