BlackBerry CEO Chen talks to the White House, encouraging continued BlackBerry use

BlackBerry CEO Chen talks to the White House, encouraging continued BlackBerry use
We've chronicled President Barack Obama's love affair with his BlackBerry ever since he first won his first 4 year term as President (or POTUS). Along the way, the Commander in-Chief has received an Apple iPad 2 from the late Steve Jobs, and said that he is not allowed to use an Apple iPhone for security reasons. Now, according to a report from Bloomberg, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has held talks with the White House to encourage the staff to stay the course.

The first BlackBerry CEO who actually has a pedigree in turning around a major company, Chen has met or talked with 100 customers and said that he spoke with the White House about "some of the stuff they like and some of the stuff they would like us to work on." According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, the president's phone is not discussed publicly due to security issues. White House staff are given government issued BlackBerry models.

One other interesting tidbit from John Chen came when he told Bloomberg that he rather fancies the company's old Research In Motion moniker. Former CEO Thorsten Heins changed the company's name to BlackBerry when he unveiled BlackBerry 10 early last year. Chen did say that he hasn't given a thought to changing the name of the company back to RIM.

We wonder what the White House and the president would think about a 64 bit octa-core powered BlackBerry.

source: Bloomberg

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14 Comments

1. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Keep rockin' it, Mr. Chen! The man knows how to communicate.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I don't blame Chen for trying but we all know BlackBerry is dead and can't catch up in the consumer market. No room for 4th place.

4. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry is definitely ALIVE and doing better every day. You and all the other BlackBerry haters will see this soon enough.

2. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Well, at last the article's thumbnail isn't one of that guy's face picture again. I'm getting sick of it already.

5. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

If BlackBerry is good enough for the POTUS, then their good enough for me! John Chen is doing a great job and things will only get better with him in charge of BlackBerry.

6. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

*they're

7. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Fanboy go take a sit and let the real men talk business..,.afterall you are just a boy, a boring boy!

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Look at this little p**k a** mofo, talking sh**! I am much older than you, little girl. Have some respect when a grown man speaks, troll-a** bi**h!

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And it's "take a SEAT", not "take a sit". Learn proper grammar if you're trying to come at someone, bi**h!

10. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Hehehehehehehe. Where is your manners alpha geek we are on the same side. Was refering to fanboy 1974. Also its take a sit. Not take a seat. Dumb Nitwit. Jus messing with you...... Please 'take a laugh'

11. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

It looked like you responded to me. I have manners, unless provoked. And its "take a SEAT".

12. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Dumb nitwit.... just joking! Laugh it off!

13. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Lol. Lol. Aiit Alphageek. You're my man. Stay cool.

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Lol, you're cool with me, verty.

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