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Your Tax Dollars at Work: iPhones for Congress

Your Tax Dollars at Work: iPhones for Congress

Right now, the dudes responsible for bailout bills, freedom fries and like, laws I think, carry the standard corporate drone equipment: BlackBerrys. To be precise, House of Representatives members and their staffs have about 8200 BlackBerrys between them. But for a few of the fancier ones, that's not good enough. They want iPhones.

So the Chief Administrative Office is doing a trial run to decide whether or not it's worth setting up the necessary infrastructure, which wouldn't be cheap or easy, since right now everything runs on incompatible BlackBerry Enterprise Servers. If a House member opts for an iPhone, they would have to pay for it out of their Member’s Representational Allowance, though CAO would still have to handle and pay for everything on the admin side.

If accepted, iPhones would be offered to incoming House members in January (would it come pre-loaded with the Obama app for Dems??). It would be something of a symbolic blow to RIM—just a day after Steve Jobs gloated that Apple has beaten them—since this is the first chip at the BlackBerry's ubiquity on the Hill. In D.C., whether you're a Democrat or Republican, you're on a BlackBerry. For now, anyway.

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I don't see this going over to well. Blackberry's platform is way to stable to swap. The Blackberry server is strong. The I-phone is way to easy to compromise. The amount of money it would take to make a platform for the I-phone to be secure enough for messages and like emails would be to high. I don't think the tax payer should have to flip the bill for them to test a new less secured system. The fact is, the brakes that are out there for the 2.0 platform on the I-Phone are plenty full. Rim does not have open source applications even though they do have great third party applications. If I am not mistaken, doesn't the I-Phone have over the air updating? I don't know but doesn't sound like it will go over well.

BTW, I personally feel that the new Iphone did better because old users went and purchased new ones with in their two year agreement. New users were added do to the price drop, so yeah they would have exceeded that of BB. Now consider how many BB surpass their contract average. If Apple does not update the aesthetics of the iphone in two years, those numbers would be different.

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