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Can Obama Say Goodbye to BlackBerry? Yes He Can, Maybe

November 16, 2008

Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry.
Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.

For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.

Above: Senator Barack Obama with two campaign constants: his BlackBerry and his chief strategist, David Axelrod.  Photo: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
“How about that?” Mr. Obama replied to a friend’s congratulatory e-mail message on the night of his victory.

But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful.

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BlackBerry Approved For China: Potential Users 500 Million

October 24, 2007

Sumner Lemon

San Francisco (IDGNS) – Chinese businessmen will soon be able to get their hands on Research In Motion’s BlackBerry handset, following long months of delays getting approval to bring the devices to China.

Getting approval to sell handsets in China required BlackBerry to team up with telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent in a distribution agreement. Alcatel-Lucent in turn tapped a handset joint venture it has with TCL Communications Holdings, a Chinese handset maker, to secure the necessary approvals for the 8700 to be sold in China starting later this year.

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