Replacement for Obama’s BlackBerry
January 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm oregniappe
BlackBerry addict Barack Obama is replacing that device with a more secure version: the Sectéra Edge (a.k.a. the BarackBerry), available from General Dynamics for $3,350, according to CNN.
General Dynamics calls the BarackBerry the only smartphone “that switches between an integrated classified and unclassified PDA with a single key press” though I suppose the Secret Service will want Obama to cover that button (the “Unclassified PDA key” at bottom left) with a label that says “Don’t press this button”…
April 2009 update:
Three months later, we find out that Obama had not replaced the BlackBerry with the Sectéra Edge but was instead using the two together in some secure but clumsy way. That interim solution is about to be replaced by a custom BlackBerry 8830 loaded with software from Genesis Key. Fast Company says the software is called SecurVoice and the bespoke-for-spook BlackBerry won’t be ready for Obama for a few months.
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