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Washington Post says Feds are replacing BlackBerry with Apple and Android devices

0. phoneArena posted on 31 May 2011, 14:57

A story in the Washington Post says that the current administration is turning in its BlackBerries for the Apple iPhone and is replacing laptops with the iPad; even the President, who won't go anywhere without his trusty BlackBerry, has been seen with an Apple iPad...

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posted on 31 May 2011, 15:00

1. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

That's a secure idea.....

posted on 31 May 2011, 15:29

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

believe it o not it actually may be. with cloud services that need little to run and can be as secure as BB regardless of what phone they are used in and adding many other feature both android and IOS keep adding to their system and email clients getting more and more secure, things might be better to handle from the cloud

posted on 31 May 2011, 17:11 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its no more secure/insecure to throw data to the cloud thats encrypted than it is to send to RIM servers encrypted then to another phone. As long as they can keep high encryption it keeps the chances of an email being read by the wrong person extremely low.

Could the government getting off RIM servers be the last major nail in RIM's coffin? RIM has had a lockdown on government and high security since they opened their doors.

posted on 31 May 2011, 19:55

11. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

The iTunes (Music) Store started in April 28, 2003. Apple has a lot of experience with dealing with hackers. I am not saying the iTunes can't be hacked, just that Apple knows a lot is at stake since it has the largest depository of consumer credit card information of any retail company. That is 8+ years of experience to Apples credit.

posted on 31 May 2011, 15:55

3. Darko Millionosovich (unregistered)

Blackberry is the equivalent of that farmer who had all his limbs torn off a few years ago by a combine.

Can't do much now...but still a farmer. A farmer condemned to a wheelchair.

No good.

posted on 31 May 2011, 16:55

4. CTAPEEM (unregistered)

This makes no sense. As we speak, the "cloud" is being discussed as a major security risk. On the other side - RIM had to negotiate on a government level the option to let the saudi officials see what's going through the network, as the encryption of the BB network is quite good... Blackberries came to dominate the business world for a reason. I guess the average clerk is pissed that the blackberries aren't as good to watch movies on them, during those all day/every day boring meetings.
The only good thing is that the government will save some small amount of money and will have someone else to blame, when there is system crash/data breach.

posted on 31 May 2011, 17:06 1

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

*shrug* the government can use whatever tech it wants. It's still useless.

posted on 31 May 2011, 22:24

13. timshady337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)

useless and expensive, but hey it's not like it's thier money.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 00:00 1

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

why is it useless? do u even live in the usa...

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 03:15

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Uh, yes. And the government is pretty goddamned useless. Anything it ever did to help anyone could've been done better with private enterprise. And much of the time governmental "help" only ends up helping the government and no one else.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 22:43 1

19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

okay so what if there was no government... wud we have law? no... we wud be a corrupt lawless society... and no, private enerprise shud control the economy, but in no way shud they run out legal system... and a legal system is the fundemental part of the government..

posted on 31 May 2011, 17:28 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This isnt news except for Android. I been reading the about the iPhone showing up more in corporate America replacing Blackberries. Seems the iPhone does Desktop Active Sync as good as a Win Mo and Blackberry. Thats one thing Android doesnt do well.

posted on 31 May 2011, 18:01 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It is only a matter of time now before RIM joins Palm as one of the leaders of the smartphone world that lost their way. I wonder if HP will be acquiring RIM like they did Palm?

posted on 31 May 2011, 19:48 1

10. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

When you have gov't employees asking for iPhones rather than their tried and true Blackberries, you know it's going to get ugly at RIM. When one of the most loyal customer base says adois to your product, maybe it's time for RIM to enter a crisis mode and jump start their business or face marginalization.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 00:50 1

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

2 years at the latest, and RIM will be merged with someone else. Will it be HP? MS? Or?

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 10:03

20. Mark (unregistered)

Trade in security for apps!!!!!!!!! The US Government has to be crazy! Smells like apple's behind this article to me!

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