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650 iPads to be given to members of British parliament

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650 iPads to be given to members of British parliament
British Prime Minister David Cameron is an iPad fan. He even has his own personal iPad app that helps him perform his duties. Soon, however, all 650 members of the British parliament will be given an iPad in order to cut spending associated with printing documents and other miscellaneous expenses, as well as to facilitate their work flow and to replace any obsolete and bulky equipment that is still in use.

The decision comes after the successful completion of a pilot program that demonstrates the benefits of using tablet computers in government. Between £260,000 and £429,000 ($420,300 and $693,500 respectively) is what the program will cost, not taking into account any charges for mobile data or app purchases. About 70 of all 650 members of parliament have an iPad already, but the devices will be listed as an expense that will be passed on to the taxpayers.  
Only 350 out of the 650 members will be given an iPad outright, however – those who are assigned to a select committee. The remaining 300 will be required to turn in one of their government issued device, which will bring down the costs of purchasing the iPads. The source notes that each member of the British parliament is entitled to three desktop computers and two laptops.

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posted on 09 May 2012, 04:06 9

1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

They could have wait for a Windows 8 tablets. Less expensive and more productivity software like Microsoft Office.

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:28 6

2. rn9215 (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Well we cant blame them....they don't have enough knowledge to use an android or win 8 tab... so they stuck to the most easy one to use....lol!!

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:20 3

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

I totally agree! There needs to be a true element of productivity as well as security.

While the iPad has some very basic security, it's not a productivity tool! It's a consumption device!

Blackberry could have cornered this market years ago..

posted on 09 May 2012, 17:03 2

7. jimjam (unregistered)

They haven't done anything productive in their lives.

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:39 2

4. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You'd think they'd go for a device that isn't made by companies under investigation for human rights violations... Might as well wait for Windows 8

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:33 2

5. Gusto (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

And here i thought that only brazilian politician had the nerve to ask to be bought with tax money tablets for their use. Guess politicians are greedy everywhere.

posted on 09 May 2012, 17:02 2

6. jimjam (unregistered)

....3 desktop computers, 2 laptops ...
and a partridge in a pear tree

posted on 09 May 2012, 20:21

8. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

If i was a member I would choose windows 8 tablet over iPad. But their rich they can buy what they want. And they dont care for saving money.

posted on 10 May 2012, 00:43 2

9. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Well here in India they gave IPads to politicians and they put it to good use by watching Porn while parliament was in session. :D

Now that's whats happening to my tax money..

posted on 10 May 2012, 07:54

10. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Please spent your $ on your People!
What is wrong with the queen?

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