President Obama and the White House to stick with BlackBerry

President Obama and the White House to stick with BlackBerry
President Barack Obama has been a BlackBerry user throughout his entire Presidential career. But that appeared to be coming to an end with a report on Thursday that said the White House is in the process of testing Android powered handsets from LG and Samsung. According to the report in the Wall Street Journal, the government was still months away from replacing the BlackBerry handsets used by the White House staff with Android flavored smartphones.

But as we pointed out, there was nothing in the original story that said that the president was part of the testing, and that Mr. Obama would be forced to replace his trusty BlackBerry for an Android powered phone. The president's absence from any testing was confirmed by a Washington Post story over the weekend, which cited a White House spokesman as saying that the office of the president was not involved in any testing of non-BlackBerry phones. That should make BlackBerry CEO John Chen smile. The president is a very high profile BlackBerry user and if he were to switch to another smartphone platform, it could reflect poorly on the company.

While the president might not be leaving BlackBerry, a number of government agencies are allowing employees to use Apple iPhone and Android handsets, and last year the Pentagon approved Apple and Samsung built smartphones for use by employees.

source: WashingtonPost

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25 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

seriousley, even his phone choice is lame

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You're lame for not looking at the pros of an operating system and the reason of why the person wants to use that operating system. As we all know, BlackBerry OS is the operating system that has the best security. BlackBerry OS is for the professionals, not for the lame people like you. Also, President Obama has been a long time BlackBerry user so I think he's used to it, it's just like you're an Android user and you're used to it's user interface and functionality.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's been a week already? Wow time flies. But yes I agree with your post... Rare that I would say such a thing.

6. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

agreed, the only choice for the number 1 of the free world is security and if its BB so be it, if its AssPholes, so be it and if its Android, cool :) p.s. in fact it makes sense, iMean really, who hacks BB, no one, score for the secret service and the leader of the free world!!!

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How dare you, iDidn't approve or authorize use of my trademark! As for BamBam, he's a big Blackberry loser!!

12. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Did you just say the most popular and most innovative OS is childish?!!? :O

22. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Security? The govt. is so busy spying on itself and screwing itself over along with the rest of us, what does it really matter? The Chinese have agents working with NASA, Iran has the Iranian-born Special Adviser to the President in their corner, and the Muslim Brotherhood regularly meets O in the White House. Anything he or any top official does that is not sensitive enough to merit viewing on a phone is probably already viewed by hundreds of people, most of whom are our enemies..

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Common Obama, at least change your obsolete Bold to Z10 or Z30. I think you are only using your current phone for making calls or texts. Have a good phone for browsing and making advanced communications.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

He prefers BBOS 7 to 10. Also, NSA has a security add-on that was buillt for BBOS 7, but not for 10. Which is just fine for BB, 'cause if POTUS had to use the OS 10 UI, he would immediately switch to an iPhone or GS4.

26. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

If obama can change his phone, I bet he want Samsung Galaxy S5 instead of DEAD-END Z10/Z30.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I think it's the sense of security stability and functionality of BB . I think it a wise decision.

14. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

If you really were a ``techperson" you would disapprove this foolish decision

7. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hang in there BB.

9. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I mean does Obama even need a phone? For all we know if there are special peoples who whole job is to take care of Obama's phone calls, emails, message,etc. Obama probably don't even use his phone.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

this just goes to show you that old people cannot use new technology, and that this country would be better off ran by younger people

15. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

If by "younger" you mean people who write comments like your's, than God help us.

16. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Well I half agree with you cause if young unexpirenced people ran this country we might have some silly laws

11. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

BlackBerry OS is solid not childish like android or iphone or crippled like wp

17. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

You know what buddy how bout you shut your moronic mouth stupid arss bb lover

18. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Just like I said in a previous article. There is are absolutely NO handsets out that are as secure as a BlackBerry.

19. mihulsingh

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

One does not simply beat BlackBerry in terms of security ! I think Mr.Obama uses a 9900 World Edition. I feel he should be given a BB10 OS phone now, they are soooo much more better !

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I believe the President of the United States has earned the right to choose which phone he wishes to use. I can't believe some of the idiotic posts advocating Android over BB OS7 and its stalwart security. The Commander-In-Chief of the US Armed Forces REQUIRES security over the ability to browse the web or kill evil pigs. Grow the f**k up!

23. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Wow a failure of a president to stay with a company such as BlackBerry which is also a complete failure. The too go together

24. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

There are so many haters on this site against BlackBerry that it's ridiculous. Only commenting on BlackBerry articles with negativity when there are so many other articles on this site about all the other mobile platforms. How sad a small a haters life must be. Although, I do think that all of these so called BlackBerry haters are really BlackBerry lovers on the low. How else would you explain there constant visiting and commenting on BlackBerry articles?

25. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Well his nickname IS Barry and he IS.......uhhh.......the President.

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