WSJ: White House testing BlackBerry rivals

Could President Obama one day give up his BlackBerry (BBRY) addiction?

The White House is testing Samsung (SSNLF) and LG Electronics (LGEAF) smartphones in a development that could threaten one of BlackBerry's last and most high-profile strongholds, the WSJ reports.

Still, the testing is at an early stage and any use of Samsung or LG handsets is still "months away," while there's no indication - yet - that Obama will switch phones.

Apple's iPhone is not being assessed.

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  • leopardtrader
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    So you believe Obama/Whitehouse will use Korean phones lol This assertion is so funny
    21 Mar 2014, 07:10 AM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Why wouldn't he? He's currently using Canadian product.
    21 Mar 2014, 09:53 AM Reply Like
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    This is OLD NEWS.
    We already know the Government's implementation will span across different Mobile Platforms. Including but not limited to BB10, Android and iOS.


    And just to give you an example with the decisions between Government Agencies.


    BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 Get OK From Department of Defense, Goverment To Use 30,000 Devices By Year’s End


    BB10 devices are the only once to have the ATO certification.
    21 Mar 2014, 07:12 AM Reply Like
  • The_C_Man
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    They probably test every phone brought into The White House and there has to be more reason than ever due to the security risks associated with them such as the President being spied on by the NSA.
    21 Mar 2014, 07:14 AM Reply Like
  • benzberry
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    Obama using an LG .......or a Samung .... I get it. N.O.!!!!!
    21 Mar 2014, 07:42 AM Reply Like
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    You probably won't find European Government's testing out and or issuing un-reliable and un-secure mobile platforms such as iOS and Android.
    Those two platforms have bee compromised too many times.
    21 Mar 2014, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    Probably testing of Android OS


    If they switch Expect the President to use the New Boeing phone
    21 Mar 2014, 08:08 AM Reply Like
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    That New Boeing phone for the President? Don't think so, that would easily be an issue with self destructing on him. Depending on the software used, if that ever got compromised, they can use it against him.


    What he needs is the BlackBerry Q20 coming out later, but for now the Q10 is the best choice for him.
    21 Mar 2014, 08:17 AM Reply Like
  • JoFergus
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    Obama already uses a General Dynamics device for top-classified communications.
    21 Mar 2014, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • ScottinAtlanta
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    Why would they switch to inferior phones? And the one that may be better, the iphone, they are not even looking at! Maybe it part of his plan to reduce the deficit! LOL.
    21 Mar 2014, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    There is no way he switches to an Asian brand phone run by an unstable third-party OS.
    21 Mar 2014, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • filipe115
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    It's just like the wsj to blow smoke where there is no fire. The misdirected information lately is fraudulent.
    21 Mar 2014, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Crispin_in_Waterloo
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    The specific reasons for not switching to a device made outside the region are a) manufacturers or agents replacing chips with imitations that contain hardware back doors; b) replacing the firmware on chips that open back doors; c) creating 'accidental' manufacturing defects that are actually deliberate bridges between to pins on a chip which can later be used to generate a back door by sending that chip a certain software signal. In other words in case (c) the door is not opened until later so it passes all functional checks and goes into service.


    All these back doors have been found to exist in products originating from the East, Lenovo being the most recent example. One of the ways to avoid them is to never to use a product in a secure setting that contains any parts originating outside a secure circle of suppliers. Even if the Prez were to use an Android phone, it would not originate from the regular sweat shop environment.


    There is a rumour that the BB the Prez uses already has some customization (from a press report) in that it mis-reports his physical location. That is not standard fare for the likes of lowly you and me. Our position is reported to within a few feet on a continuous basis. All cell phones have done that since the 90's. Each carrier is forced to install equipment that can do that tracking; all devices have to report when pinged, even when ostensibly 'switched off'. That is why the possible location of flight MH370 is sort-of known. It was pinged by the satellite.
    21 Mar 2014, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • Z10isgreat
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    I imagine the White House is obliged to justify its decision to use Blackberry and the only way to do that is to test the phones offered by the competition. This will be an ongoing process as new entrants and upgrades to existing products come to market, I don't think it is news, nor was the sensationalist headline worthy of an SA report.
    21 Mar 2014, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • 10553331
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    Not every piece of news needs to be so scrutinized. No matter what phone is used, you can bet it isn't stock and probably only resembles the consumer item on its exterior. Actual highly secured phones are made or modified by 3rd parties such as General Dynamics or Northrop Grumman type players. The pr is great, but the reality is irrelevant.
    21 Mar 2014, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    Boeing Black is the way to go:


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    21 Mar 2014, 04:34 PM Reply Like
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