UNITED STATES PRESIDENT Barack Obama has explained why he's often seen carrying a Blackberry, saying that he's not allowed to use an iPhone because it's not secure enough.
Speaking at an event at the White House on Wednesday, Obama admitted that he's still a Blackberry user. This is because he's not allowed to use an iPhone for "security reasons," Obama said, adding that his daughters Sasha and Malia spend a lot of time on their Apple smartphones, and that he is a frequent iPad user.
Obama likely isn't bothered by the iPhone ban, as he is a self-confessed "Blackberry addict". It is thought that Obama regularly uses a Blackberry Bold 9900 with "specially adapted" security.
Days after he was inaugurated in 2009, Obama reportedly fought with the Secret Service to keep his Blackberry, a battle that he eventually won, despite concerns that foreign spies might be able to eavesdrop on his phone calls.
While fighting to keep of his Blackberry, Obama told ABC News that he wanted to keep it to prevent becoming isolated as president.
Obama said, "One of the things that I'm going to have to work through is how to break through the isolation and the bubble that exists around the president. And I'm in the process of negotiating with the Secret Service, with lawyers, with White House staff.
"I'm negotiating to figure out how can I get information from outside of the 10 or 12 people who surround my office in the White House. Because, one of the worst things I think that could happen to a president is losing touch with what people are going through day to day," Obama added.
Blackberry smartphones are known for their military grade encryption, and are used by dozens of governments and corporations around the world. Apple's iPhone has yet to receive such broad security approval. µ
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