Obama has few options to replace his BlackBerry

Obama has few options to replace his BlackBerry
Our new president has a major addiction. Although this habit is 100% legal, Federal authorities are forcing him to end the addiction by going cold turkey. Of course, we are referring to Barack Obama's love for his BlackBerry phone. Because information on RIM's devices can be stolen by hackers, and because encryption solutions offered by RIM are not up to government standards, the 44th president must turn off his 'Berry and use devices that are approved for use by the proper authorities. One model approved by the NSA is a combination phone-PDA from General Dynamics called "Sectera Edge". Looking like a thicker relative to the Palm Treo 750, this device connects with GSM and CDMA networks and Wi-Fi using interchangeable modules. Running on a version of Windows Mobile, it will allow for Top Secret phone calls, e-mails and web browsing. Now we know that everyone drops their cellphone at least once. This model is made to survive a 4 foot fall onto concrete (sounds familiar), is waterproof and dustproof. With this model, even the president will have to do a battery pull to put in a microSD card. If Obama is not happy with that unit, L-3 is working on "The Guardian" which has a v-shaped keyboard with QWERTY, runs Windows and can be used on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. and Worldcell internationally. Both phones are the result of project SME-PED which was designed to find a secure replacement for BlackBerry phones. So do you think being the president means that you get a cool new phone as a perk?

source: CNET via EngadgetMobile



1. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

If I was Obama Id be pissed to have to use either one of those. They both look like archaic treos.

2. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

If I were Blackberry I would get into gear! This cant be good for their image, all this talk about windows phones are more secure. Who would have thought.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the outsides suck, but im sure there is some horsepower under the hood to run all the security, encoding/decoding, and whatever else those thigns have to do.

4. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This is ridiculous, who cares? All I can say is I better not be stuck with the tab. The "Prez" takes in a hefty salary, so this damn well better not be a "perk". All political "perks" are at the expense of all us taxpayers. I'm gonna be pissed if I find that Odrama is surfing the web on my dollar! As to the choices of phones, I would think RIM would get it together, especially seeing as how the majority of biz users prefer BB's to Windows phones. Which begs the question: If BB's are the preference, why are they less secure?

5. ripcat

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

Seriously? You think of a secure phone for the President as a "perk" that you don't want to pay for? Perhaps you also consider Air Force One and the Secret Service as unnecessary perks? As for the phones, they look pretty clunky and probably are, but if they're secure and get a signal everywhere the President needs one, I'm fine with paying my share.

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Those are necessary for security. I agree with Game, the president has no real need for a cell phone. He shouldn't be browsing the web on his phone, he shouldn't be texting, he shouldn't be checking email. People are paid to do all those things for him. He is supposed to take on the needs of the people and address them accordingly and the hype of his change will be dependent on how he focuses his presidency. Could you imagine him txt under the table at some leader conference... LOL.

7. Airlock

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 15, 2009

Are you suggesting that the leader of the free world should be denied the freedom to have a personal communications device? Seems somewhat hypocritical to me. I mean, why would the President need to be connected? Nothing could possibly be as important in his life, as what goes on in the lives of all of the other people in the country who just *have* to have them...

8. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Actually AIRLOCK, if you'll stop instantly insinuating things from posts before you've actually read them, you'd see I actually have NO problem with Odrama actually having a cell phone. I never ever once said I think he shouldn't have a cell phone. I merely stated that I didn't think this was something I as a taxpayer should pay for. Go ahead, read my post again...are you finished? There you see, no mention what so ever of an opposition to a president of the U.$.A. owning or even using a cell phone. In fact it is the issue of who is left paying the bill that I have the issue with. And as far as I'm concerned, RIPCAT can just go ahead and pay the entire share since he seems so eager to get his nose up the president-elect's a$$.

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