No Android for Obama yet, sticking with BlackBerry

Cellcom

rogers contracts
rogers rate plans
virgin mobile rate plans
virgin mobile contracts
satellite TV
Bell TV
Bell Fibe TV
Bell Internet
Bell Canada

It’s no secret that BlackBerry is one sick company. Once the very definition of the corporate smartphone, now even BlackBerry’s CEO is calling the company’s survival a coin-toss. But BlackBerry will continue to have one famous, loyal customer: President Obama.

 

Obama with his BlackBerry

When the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the White House was testing Samsung and LG Android smartphones for internal use, it looked like Blackberry was going to lose its star customer. Specifically, the WSJ reported that a source had said that the White House Communications Agency, a military unit in charge of President Barack Obama’s communications, was in the early stages of testing Android phones.

Some Android lovers took this to mean that Obama was ready to “ditch” the BlackBerry in favor of their favorite mobile operating system.

BlackBerry, in a statement, kept a stiff upper lip: “We value the long-term relationship we’ve had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade. The U.S. government requires the highest levels of security. Governments test new technologies frequently, but nevertheless the U.S. government continues to choose BlackBerry for its unmatched security and cost effectiveness. Other vendors such as Samsung and LG still have a long way to go to catch up to meet the government’s stringent requirements and certifications.”

Alas, the user-in-chief will continue to type out his e-mails on his specially strengthened BlackBerry. White House spokesman Jay Carney told the Associated Press that the “Executive Office of the President isn’t participating in any pilot programs affecting its hand-held devices.”

An unidentified White House spokesman also told the Washington Post that “the Executive Office of the Presidentis not involved in any pilot program for testing non-BlackBerry phones and that there is nothing new to share about the president’s BlackBerry.”

None of this is too surprising. After all, Obama is the man who once said of his BlackBerry, “They’re going to have to pry it out of my hands.

That’s good news for BlackBerry. Still, with comScore reporting that in January 2014, BlackBerry was down to amere 3.1 percent of the smartphone market. Worse still, IDC reported that in 2013’s fourth quarter BlackBerry’smarket sales were down to a pathetic 0.70 percent.

It’s going to take more than the President to save BlackBerry’s bacon. BlackBerry smartphones may stay in the White House until 2017, when a new President is inaugurated, but it’s hard to imagine that he or she will be carrying a BlackBerry with the oath of office is taken.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s