BlackBerry's days with the U.S. Senate are coming to an end

BlackBerry's days with the U.S. Senate are coming to an end (UPDATE)
A notice sent throughout the U.S. Senate reveals that once the Senate's inventory of BlackBerry handsets is depleted, the brand will no longer be available to those staff members who are allowed a new phone as a perk. Those staffers who currently own a 'Berry can exchange it for a 16GB Apple iPhone SE or a Samsung Galaxy S6.


According to a letter sent to those affected by the decision, the Senate's action came after BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that there will be no more BlackBerry 10 OS powered handsets. Staffers can still order the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Most of the Senate's inventory consists of the Classic and the Z30. Overall, the Senate holds about 600 BlackBerry units so those who want one can still get one.

We imagine that there are some Senate staffers who think that there is an amendment in the Constitution that gives them the right to bear a BlackBerry. For those hard core fans, they can keep their 'Berry as long as it is working and the company is offering support for it. This means that if you make a trip to the Senate building, you're apt to see some political types clutching onto their BlackBerry handset for dear life.

source: Politico via SlashGear

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