US Gov't won't ditch BlackBerry, security paramount

US Gov't won't ditch BlackBerry, security paramount
Recently, we heard reports about agencies inside the US Government ready to make the switch to the iPhone, and in some places Android could also have been considered, but now a Washington Post article reports that President Obama and the whole administration have to and will stick to their BlackBerries. Why? It’s all about security, not wants, and while many would like to make the switch to the now more popular iPhone and Android devices, they remain bound to the ‘Berries.

"We appreciate RIM’s focus on security, which is paramount for government use,” Casey Coleman, chief information officer at the General Services Administration (GSA), explained.

Of course, many people still love their BlackBerries, the whole email experience, BBM and the long battery life, and with LTE phones usually not lasting the day, there is a reason for that. 

It’s also worth mentioning that the transition to a new mobile platform will be pricey. Not only the phones, the whole platform underneath them has to adapt. At the same time, CIO Coleman confirms that “where appropriate” new technologies are being adopted.


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17 Comments

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

There is the one last straw that keeps RIM in existence... Once that's gone,so are they.

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

you are right.obama will not get another term.but rim is very popular in indonesia.why?

5. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Indonesian uses BBM to talk to other fellow Indonesian who went other countries? cheaper than dataplan?

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The way they run the government, a Blackberry is all they can probably figure out anyway; without having to appoint a Special Committee, of course. Here's to democracy (and, the stupiDiTy that can come with it).

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

You prefer a Monarchy? Doesn't matter what bloody type of control that exists man like always takes advantage of it because that is what power does to people it corrupts. Just check through history for lessons throughout all of history. Nothing will work when man likes to have more than another man simply because it makes him feel better than the other guy. Funny thing about this, the Military is doling out Android to their men but the gov't is sticking to BB. So does that mean that all the BB issued to Government employees are routed to a server run by the Government so they can keep tabs and checks on you, probably so. I can't see the US government allowing RIM to keep their employees info on RIM's servers.

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

So, 'the Men' get doled with Android and the Women get blackberrys: makes sense. I think women look sexy using that trackpAd.

8. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Its good to see some people have a brain on here!

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Whyyyyyy...... thånk you (Sir) !!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Battery life of BBs? Who are they kidding? A friend who has been issued a 9930 says that the battery is gone by the end of each day. In fringe coverage areas, the battery can be gone in half a day. The RAZR MAXX keeps going and going and going....

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Realize that the gov' has to say something/anything to justify its' actions/purchases; like a few years ago when they were paying $200 for toilet seats and $25 for cupcakes (remember, 20/20 and Nightline aired extensive reports). Same thing with their Blackberry contract (s). sidebar: and going, and going, and going .....

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think that the real issue for the feds vis BB is the cost to switch out of BB - that would be the equivalent of a $10,000 toilet seat.

13. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You're probably right but, I'm sure you meant to add a few more 0's to that toilet seat.

9. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I think someone came here just to thumbs down everyone.

16. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

You sir get a thumbs up

14. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Why so many thumbs down? You mad Bro? Btw i thumbed up the above guy :)

15. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It's probably was of those iBitter iFreaks with a broken iPad.

17. Gawain

Posts: 429; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

If the government were to drop BB, the transition would be fairly simple. Most of the government works off Exchange servers and EAS is integrated already (I know there are parts of National Park Service that use Lotus Domino servers though). The trade-off being that there are a pitiful fraction of policies to manage. But, the removal of BES from the architecture would not pose a serious migration problem. The real problem would be all the mind-numbing "how do I do this?" crap that would occur amongst all the bureaucrats trying to figure out how to turn their devices on/off/vibrate/make a call, et al - that alone would...yikes!

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