FOI release

Mobile devices owned and the renewal date of DfE contract

Details of the contract, the number and type of mobile devices used by Department for Education, and 2012 to 2013 financial year costs.


  • Date requested: 18 April 2013
  • Date responded: 10 May 2013


How many mobile devices do you have? (broken down into the following categories):

  • voice
  • smartphone
  • tablet
  • mobile broadband

What was your spend last year on mobile communications?

When is your mobile contract due for renewal?


The department has the following number of devices:

  • 250 voice (mobile phones) as at 26 April 2013
  • 2,462 smartphones (including BlackBerrys) as at 8 April 2013
  • 2 tablets as at 8 April 2013
  • 48 mobile broadband 3G dongles as at 26 April 2013

The department spent £384,130.95 (including VAT) on mobile communications during the 2012 to 2013 financial year.

The department’s mobile contract is up for renewal in September 2015.