"Big league" change: Donald Trump substitutes his Android phone for a super-secure device

The whole world is watching as the "big league" change at the helm of the US and the White House is right around the corner, but numerous smaller changes remain out of the spotlights. Or do they?

As per the New York Times, President-Elect Trump has most definitely traded-in his personal Android smartphone for a "secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service with a new number that few people possess". Associated Press reports that Trump has complained to a close friend of his about that necessary change, though it is not clear what his new phone is. 

Chances are this one is a Samsung Galaxy S4, which is what Obama used during his second term in office, but don't get the impression that this one anything remotely similar to your regular Galaxy phone. 

As far as we know, that one was a super-safe custom Galaxy S4, heavily modified as per the security protocols. That one hardly classifies as a "smartphone" - Obama's modded Samsung phone couldn't make outgoing calls, take pictures or text. 

Additional restrictions prevented the president from any regular Android apps; only a limited array of apps could find their way to the super-safe handset, all of which greenlit by the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency), which is in charge of the White House communications. 

However, the Galaxy S4 was one of the very few device eligible to tap into SIPRNet, the US Military's extremely-classified network, at the time. Supposedly, Trump will use a similar handset.

However, does this change spell the konets* of Trump's prolific Twitter presence? Hardly. The 45th prez will reportedly be able to express himself on the social network by using another device, similarly to what Obama used to do in order to tweet.

*Konets (Russian) — the end.

source: NYTimes, AP



1. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

The Oversmartphone!

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or not-so-smart phone... since it's have really limited functionality

2. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015


3. Noixx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Очень смешно (Russian) — Very funny

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Why they don't use a Blackberry? It is as secure as it gets.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm guessing it takes a while for a device to get certified, since Obama was using a phone I stopped using 28 months ago

13. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

They might not be on the network comparability list

14. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Blackberry's security is high but it has some holes still, and is less adaptable and hardware is less flexible, last I checked. Android is highly adaptable, they can basically do whatever they want to it, and hardware depending on model can be flexible. Course in the past Blackberry got around this by making specific models only for certain people, but that just isn't practical.

16. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

Probably due to the level of customization android provides, also, as the article said, they did not intend to keep the "smart" functionality, which means that the OS is extremely different to what we would use or see. Perhaps a BB handset was not up to the task in terms of flexibility.

17. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

Or, maybe, because of this:http://arstechnica . com/information-technology/2016/06/goodbye-obamabe​rry-hello-obamadroid/

18. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

(1) Becasue BB already bankrupt, and it's now produced by 'WHITE BOX' OEM market (TCL) that were from a country that USA afraid to spy on them. (2) Because BB is not open source, and Android is more secure for this reason. (3) BB security is a hype, it's not as what it said.

6. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I'm not 'murican but I know for a fact that Trump will be the 45th US president, and then three months later, Mike Pence will be the 46th :) (*SNL)

7. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

46th prez? He's the 45th lol.

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

President should use a device designed for President, not private phone for private server or private email!

10. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

strange why they dont use new blackberry dtek phones

19. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

easy... not secure enough... all that "most secure" that BB spin are just hype.

11. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Whatever the device is, I'm sure it's russian made. He trusts them more than the CIA or SS.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I'd trust a lot of entities more than most of our government - I'd even trust google before I trust our government.

20. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

C'mon... CIA have staged a coup in a lot of country, and try to make Hillary win the election. I wouldn't trust in CIA either.

15. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

I find that Russian word out of place, as in an accusation. Speaks bad about you PA.

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