Obama To Get Super-Secret Blackberry 8830

By Adam Zeis on 27 Apr 2009 11:36 am EDT
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Big thanks to everyone who sent this into the tips line... Back in January we reported that we believed President Obama would be keeping his Blackberry for his term in office.  The rumors went up and down, but now according to the Washington Post, the President will indeed be able to keep his 8830. It appears that the NSA is going over the device to make sure its software meets "federal standards".  The device will feature software called SecureVoice which will protect from hackers, eavesdroppers and spies. We don't believe President Obama actually has the device yet, but hopefully he will get it (back) soon. Props to the Prez for not giving up his Blackberry without a fight. But if only the BlackBerry 9630 would hurry up and get released, we know a super-secret version of the "Tour (Niagara)" is what Obama should really be rocking!

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49 comments

PoopOnYou

Why? You don't want anyone to hear you planning your illegal activities like tricking out hos and organizing your drug corners?

matthew_i

Yeah, he needs the 9630. I wonder what network he will be on.

Rudolphe

"The Network" of course.

matthew_i

Or perhaps "The Now Network"? Or maybe the nations most reliable 3g network? Why would it be verizon by default?

matthew_i

Is his current BB on verizon? Did sprint even have a version of the 8700?

DixieNormous

Why would he even be able to have a 9630? It has a camera on it and the 8830 does not, probably one of the big reasons he has an 8830.

Saiyajin

Does anyone know if the SecureVoice software is some really expensive software that will only be issued to the prez, or is it something that will be commercially available to the general public? I have a feeling that it will be a special issue, so there aren't copies out and about that could be downloaded to figure out how to compromise. Would be nice to have added security though.

And on that note, I keep reading that BB is one of the most secure mobile handheld technologies that exists anyway. For my edification, what makes it so? I'm glad I've got it, but just how much more secure is it?

FoxNews

I'm interested, but their website doesnt seem to be selling to anyone yet other than B.O. I want to try it.

Saiyajin

Does anyone know if the SecureVoice software is some really expensive software that will only be issued to the prez, or is it something that will be commercially available to the general public? I have a feeling that it will be a special issue, so there aren't copies out and about that could be downloaded to figure out how to compromise. Would be nice to have added security though.

And on that note, I keep reading that BB is one of the most secure mobile handheld technologies that exists anyway. For my edification, what makes it so? I'm glad I've got it, but just how much more secure is it?

Edit: Helps if I click the SecureVoice link in the post to answer my question. :) Still wondering about the standard BB security though.

FoxNewsCh

I'm interested, but their website doesnt seem to be selling to anyone yet other than B.O. I want to try it.

moodlez

T-Mobile and AT&T are currently the only carriers who provide service to the Sectera Edge for GSM. Verizon Wireless and Sprint provide the service for CDMA. SecureVoice promotes AT&T and Verizon Wireless on their site. But with the new use of a BlackBerry instead of the Sectera it's probably as unknown as the location of the Holy Grail. On a side note, I hear that the Holy Grail is located at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR, right now.

Sorry, bad joke.

With the amount of security the President needs I would believe that the NSA would force him into using another network that us regular non-fed Americans cannot have. Something that would span both networks and still keep a level of privacy... if that exists. Maybe with the use of SecureVoice that is possible.

Jerry H

I know he has been waiting longer for his device then I have for my Storm 9530 OS fix. But I still hope I get my upgrade before he does.

DonnyG2

so so i, heck i would care if bush even had a berry!

dwbarcl

Seems like he should have more to worry about than a blackberry. I am glad my Tax dollars are going for BHO to have a toy to play with.

mciriello

More evidence that VZW/8830WE is the best BB :-P

palmberry

I love how obama, aka mister tight fiscal spender constantly outspends BUSH in the category of useless spending. Let's see, inauguration, celebrity performers frequent whitehouse, millions spent just so he can keep his blackberry, etc. etc. etc. I would rather have a jet (f-22) that we never have to use than have a president who thinks the whole office is one big party. Maybe now that he is office, he can see that Bush actually did do something (contrary to what the mainstream media tells the sheeple), and it is not just a big party. Congrats to the first US president ever to use teleprompters for a press conference (question and answer).

matthew_i

Ok ok... You had your say, now go back to cnn.com and troll there. And now for some trolling of my own. In response to what you said, blackberries are actually useful for real work and could help the president get things done faster. Compare this to similar so called smart phone products such as the iphone.

DonnyG2

This isn't a post about politics. It's about a BlackBerry.

izzyncade

the point is, he should be doing more about not screwing this country up and less about his phone...

syb0rg

I think it's said that are a nation that worries about what type of cell phone a "a" list celb. uses. But more importantly i think it's really sad that we care what type of cell phone Political Leaders use. maybe if the media didn't release the information that he uses a blackberry, they wouldn't have to worry about making it secure.

matthew_i

Security through obscurity is not security. Not telling anyone what kind of phone the president uses will not make it more secure.

Crackberry users just want to make sure our president has the very best cell phone technology to help him be the very best president of the very best country ever.

izzyncade

I hope you are joking on the best president comment. This jack off has already costs my kids kids 1o trillion in debt and is shaking hands with dictators.

matthew_i

Yes, I was mostly joking with my extreme use of superlatives. Obama has not even been in office for a year, it is far to early to call him the best president.

upset_chick

Like I said when the OS FINALLY updated officially on the 8830, sure would be nice to not have us government/DOD/corporate users remembered by RIM with the Niagara/Tour by having a camera and non-camera version. While it is a cool gadget, I would love to have a new phone, but a camera just does not even begin to be acceptable in my work environment. In our world, no camera equals more secure. To be honest, I love my BB and am getting a little tired of you casual users that are whining about no new update for your Storm and you people that should be on CNN.com complaining about Obama.
I would be willing to bet I have been using a BB (try when they were a dressed up pager) when most of you whiners were using mom and dads Princess phone. Palm, as much as I HATE their OS was at least smart enough to release camera and no-camera versions of their devices in the past. RIM, please oh please catch-up and show some love to those of us that brung you to the dance.
All you Storm users, quit complaining about your OS upgrades, at least you are getting them. We had to wait forever for the official 8830 on VZW and I don't even want to talk about the older trackwheel devices most of my co-workers have.

xfuchsiax

This article is from the Washington Times, not the Washington Post.

OsamaBinBarak

B.O. had more active duty military personnel in DC (for his protection) at his innauguration than are serving in Afghanistan. There's your change.

izzyncade

Who gives a shit. He is killing this country.

Rocky1207

I am already so tired of hearing about what the Obamas are doing or not doing. I am also tired of hearing of all these corrupt people he is appointing to his cabinet that owe back taxes, do they get super duper top secret BB's too? I have to pay my taxes why don't they?

NoleDawg

Worst President Ever!

matthew_i

You guys really hate this dude. Wow. I guess peeps hated on Bush even more. This isn't even a post about Obama, it's about cell phones... Now I miss the iphone trolls...

So without further delay... Clearly Obama should be using an iPhone. He could get like three apps to increase the budget with a swipe of his finger. The 8830 doesn't have enough memory to install that many apps. Plus we know he has Jay-Z on his ipod. Jay-Z has like 12 albums or something. The 8830 can't handle 12 albums of music (unless you get an SD card). Obama needs an iPhone.

cavfreak1

who honestly cares about obama

canuckinnh

Given this guy's penchant for spending taxpayers hard earned money I wonder what this Blackberry cost.

There are plenty of communication networks available to this clown. I just wish this guy would go away.

izzyncade

I can clearly remember during the presidential sell off... or campaign.... there were people bending over backwards about how great he is and all the change...BULLSH!T!!!!!! How do you guys feel now, putting an idiot in office... oh...and by the way, hitler made good speeches as well.

Nic346th

Go back to your shooting range. An btw, quickest way to EVER have folks discount what you say is bring a Nazi reference. Stay classy dipshit....

izzyncade

You claim that I'm a crazed gun owner, and then in the next breath, claim the "quickest way to EVER discount...." My point, since it is so far over your head, is people voted for the "Messiah" because of his speeches.... Hitler made good speeches as well, and look what that idiot did to his country. Why don't you try watching some real news and stay away from NBC for a bit.... you might learn something.

AnonymousDan

"out of respect for other posters, please IM me any of your comments. I am an independant voter...so I hold no one of any party will high marks right about now. So if you really want to get in to a political who did what, by all means my good man, keep it between us, and let the forum for phone usage."

izzyncade

Well tough guy.... I'm still waiting for a PM to discuss with you, but as usual, the words fall short as soon as you're asked to prove your side of an issue. I'm glad to see you are keeping tabs on me though....nice to have a fan club! Let me know when the t-shirts go on sale....

Rocky1207

I wouldn't call him Hitler, but I actually saw one of his campaign people state that governing is actually different than campaigning. She basically said that he probably has more information available to him now that he is president and that is why he is asking for more money to fund the war. By reading these comments I realize that I am not the only one that didn't fall for his BS and vote for him. Either that or there is a lot of people already falling off his bandwagon.

wolfpackwoman

The fact that the president has the same blackberry that I do is so very cool. I love my blackberry and it is an extension of my laptop. The only thing I do miss is having a camera option but its okay. I am still a die hard blackberry person. I will never go back to a plain cellphone. And by the way..we are here to discuss the blackberries not bash the president. There are separate websites and chatrooms for that.

lindaj55

I hope he gets to keep it
I hope

Bison 77

LOL wow, this quickly turned into a political conversation. They guy's got a new phone... woopideedoo. :)