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BlackBerry creates a storm on Capitol Hill

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BlackBerry creates a storm on Capitol Hill
Getting Congress to agree on anything is a difficult task. Even getting Representatives and Senators from the same party to pass a stimulus package in the midst of the worst recession in decades is a chore. But when it comes to the BlackBerry Storm, they seem to agree. The first touchscreen BlackBerry was recently made available to members of Congress who were asking for a touchscreen device to use. The phone passed through the perfunctory tests that the CAO performed on the unit, but it seems that the Storm is not working for our elected officials in Washington. For example, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) had trouble sending emails on the Storm and did not like the touchscreen, according to his communications staff director. Jeff Ventura, spokesman of the House chief administrative officer, said that many who tried the Storm on the Hill have returned it. He said, “The Storm device is not ideal for certain users and has presented some valid functional challenges.”  He went on to add that in the future, it is best to know the limitations of a device in a work intensive atmosphere like the one on the Hill before ordering another touchscreen phone. Brian Walsh, the communications director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said a number of members tried to use the Storm but only one or two still use it.To try to remedy the situation, a workshop has been started for Storm users, teaching them how to use the many functions on the device. Verizon's D.C. spokesman, Sherri Cunnigham, responded by pointing out that the BlackBerry Storm remains one of the carrier's top selling models.

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source: Politico

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. awesomeanthony (Posts: 51; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


Wow. That sucks. Hopefully they will take the time to learn how it works cause it is pretty cool once you get the hang of it, and know what you are doing and what it is capable of.

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 18:42

2. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Ohhh, how nice is that? I'm a congressman, and I demand a touchscreen phone so I can do more nothing while I sit on my ass looking pretty! Who's going to pay for it? Why, the American taxpayer of course, so why should it bother me? Oh what's that? It's time to go vote on our $400 billion spending budget to keep congress running till the end of this fiscal year? Sorry guys, I'd better get off facebook for a minute so I can go vote on this silly thing.

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 18:45

3. ravensfan55 (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


I would had thought that an old man like Harry Reid would use a Firefly or Jitterbug.

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 19:11

4. bigfanboyred (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)


LMAO... maybe they would prefer to stick with pagers...

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 20:40

5. RollTide (unregistered)


Well when you are trying to pass a stimulus package full of pork (1.2 million for cricket control in TN) you need the best you can get.

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 23:29

6. lsutigers (Posts: 775; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Not surprised at all, I work for VZW and while the storm is a great seller, we see at least 50% returns, the device is not that great. At first I thought it was customer who werent used to a smartphone not knowing how to use it, but after dealing with complaining customers units I can say that the phone is pretty buggy. The touchscreen is awful, most of the time when you click one thing, it selects another, its somewhat slow to respond, it requires frequent removing of the battery resets when the phone becomes slow to operate or freezes. Overall, most customers are not happy with the Storm claiming it is not user friendly and I cant blame them. Perhaps a software upgrade will fix things but until then, most customers who need a BB end up going with the Curve or World Edition and you never see them again so I guess theyre happy.

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