03-23-14 03:25 AM
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  1. mouts's Avatar
    Thoughts on this?

    "White House tests Samsung, LG phones, dealing blow to BlackBerry $BBRY"
    The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung and LG for internal use, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry.

    The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung Electronics Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. for internal use, a person familiar with the matter said, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry Ltd.

    The devices are being tested by the White House's internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency, a military unit in charge of President Barack Obama's communications, the person said. The tests are in the early stages, according to the person, and any implementation of Samsung or LG phones is still "months away." There is no indication that Mr. Obama himself is switching from a BlackBerry.

    "We can confirm that the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices," a Defense Department spokesman said. He declined to comment on the devices in the pilot test or in use at the White House.

    A Samsung spokesman declined to comment on whether its phones were being tested at the White House. "We have seen strong interest from the government sector and are working closely with various agencies to deploy pilot programs that allow these agencies to better understand and estimate the resources needed for a full deployment," he said.

    An LG spokesman said the company wasn't aware of such testing.

    President Obama uses a modified BlackBerry, long a point of pride for the Waterloo, Ontario, company. Apple Inc. for the last few years has been chipping away at BlackBerry's once-dominant position in the government sector, and Samsung has invested heavily to win more government customers.

    Mr. Obama has said that he uses an Apple iPad for reading, but iPhones aren't part of the testing program, according to the person familiar with the matter.

    The loss of key government users for BlackBerry comes on top of more widespread losses the company has suffered in the consumer smartphone market. BlackBerry once had roughly half of the North American smartphone market, but now makes up just 0.6% of that market, according to IDC.

    To counter these challenges, BlackBerry over the last several months has undergone a broad executive overhaul and cost-cutting program.

    The company's new chief executive, John Chen, has said that winning back government customers is a top priority. BlackBerry is opening a "security innovation center" in the Washington, D.C. area later this year as part of that effort.

    Mr. Chen said in an interview this month with Bloomberg Television that he had met with officials from the White House to discuss "some of the stuff they like and some of the stuff they would like us to work on."

    "For more than a decade, BlackBerry has been securing the U.S. government's mobile communications and only BlackBerry is designed to meet the high-security needs of U.S. and allied government agencies," a BlackBerry spokeswoman said.
    BlackBerry Suffers Blow as White House Tests Samsung, LG Phones - WSJ.com
    Last edited by mouts; 03-20-14 at 05:37 PM.
    03-20-14 04:12 PM
  2. anon3230140's Avatar
    Who cares. Not me that's for sure. Just another sensationalist story by some reporter who secretly wishes for BlackBerry's demise. It's all click bait.

    Posted via CB10 on my Z mfk'n 10!
    lynxs_claw likes this.
    03-20-14 04:15 PM
  3. Grivel's Avatar
    Not surprising.



    Competition is always good.


    Is it always a blow if a company tests additional products?

    I don't think so.

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    03-20-14 04:17 PM
  4. wincyUt's Avatar
    Testing does not mean adopting. BlackBerry has nothing to worry about.
    03-20-14 04:20 PM
  5. TBone4eva's Avatar
    It does mean something, even if the white house stays with BlackBerry. The mere fact that they are even looking at other phones means someone is at least exploring the option to go with a non - BlackBerry solution when that would have been a near impossibility not long ago.

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    milo53 likes this.
    03-20-14 05:07 PM
  6. VR6's Avatar
    Enemies of the US are rejoicing right now...or at least chilling the champaign
    Lusitano17 likes this.
    03-20-14 05:11 PM
  7. BitPusher2600's Avatar
    The White House is a big place, many many jobs in there. What would it matter what device people like the media folks are carrying for example? People must be seeing an article like this and automatically jumping straight to the potus. I'd have to see it for myself before I'd even slightly believe the possibility of the Potus and his immediate staff vesting into anything like that.
    03-20-14 05:20 PM
  8. mouts's Avatar
    Just sharing the article guys, don't shoot the messenger with "Don't care", "Why post such articles".
    milo53 and schmeat like this.
    03-20-14 05:25 PM
  9. drrobert_Taco's Avatar
    I'd be nice if you had shared the text of the article so those without WSJ access could know what was being discussed. Not much to be expected when all anyone has to go on is a headline and 2 sentences.
    mkiiw and mouts like this.
    03-20-14 05:29 PM
  10. mouts's Avatar
    I'd be nice if you had shared the text of the article so those without WSJ access could know what was being discussed. Not much to be expected when all anyone has to go on is a headline and 2 sentences.

    Sorry, edited to include article.
    drrobert_Taco likes this.
    03-20-14 05:35 PM
  11. niceup's Avatar
    I'd be nice if you had shared the text of the article so those without WSJ access could know what was being discussed. Not much to be expected when all anyone has to go on is a headline and 2 sentences.
    Here you go

    BlackBerry Suffers Blow as White House Begins Testing Samsung and LG Phones -- Update - NASDAQ.com
    drrobert_Taco likes this.
    03-20-14 05:36 PM
  12. bluetroll's Avatar
    They can use Android phones. If they are are using BES then BlackBerry is still winning.

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    03-20-14 05:54 PM
  13. red72's Avatar
    isn't there supposed to be an "LOL" at the end of the title of this thread?
    raino likes this.
    03-20-14 06:29 PM
  14. DueNorthBB's Avatar
    One thing House of Cards showed is that people of power uses BlackBerry.
    johnm137 likes this.
    03-20-14 06:41 PM
  15. sati01's Avatar
    If Chen says that the company has 50% of possibility of dying, the government has to reduce that risk adding more suppliers.
    johnm137 and milo53 like this.
    03-20-14 07:42 PM
  16. nicky devriese's Avatar
    this article is made for shorties
    nothing is more secure than blackberry,strange to read that some people don't understand this

    KING CHEN will take care for us now. Blackberry always been attacked because they want to own it.
    CHEN will kill shorties. We are waiting for the ALI punch next week.
    03-20-14 07:49 PM
  17. notafanboy's Avatar
    Enemies of the US are rejoicing right now...or at least chilling the champaign
    hackers would have a field day. Also LG said they had no knowledge of phones being tested. Another fake story from a BlackBerry hater.

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    03-20-14 09:37 PM
  18. notafanboy's Avatar
    One thing House of Cards showed is that people of power uses BlackBerry.
    Yes the elite all use BlackBerry while telling the slave masses to use anything but. But why would the rich and powerful use BlackBerry?

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    03-20-14 09:39 PM
  19. playbookster's Avatar
    President needs more apps yo

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    03-20-14 09:42 PM
  20. VictorRight's Avatar
    Recall the carlos slim/obama phones.

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    03-20-14 11:26 PM
  21. Eldon Wilk's Avatar
    Chen never said that. Just more sensationalism news reporting.
    03-21-14 02:23 AM
  22. Jahcure's Avatar
    I thought two weeks ago Chen was talking to the white house about the continued use of BlackBerry phones.

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    03-21-14 10:17 AM
  23. xandermac's Avatar
    One thing House of Cards showed is that people of power uses BlackBerry.
    Yes, product placement in a fictional show is indicative of real live all the time. Well spotted.


    Twitter: xandermac
    Drew808 likes this.
    03-21-14 01:07 PM
  24. dusdal's Avatar
    03-21-14 04:20 PM
  25. jelp2's Avatar
    It does mean something, even if the white house stays with BlackBerry. The mere fact that they are even looking at other phones means someone is at least exploring the option to go with a non - BlackBerry solution when that would have been a near impossibility not long ago.

    Posted via CB10
    Do you know why most, we'll say companies for this example, look/shop around? To let the current supplier know they aren't the only ones in town and to try to force a better price. That's all.
    03-21-14 04:45 PM
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