BlackBerry says its White House association is far from over

Written by Tech Desk | Updated: Mar 24 2014, 23:50pm hrs
BlackBerryUS President Barack Obama is a self confessed BlackBerry fan. (Source:
Following reports in a section of the media that the White House was planning to replace BlackBerry with Android, the Canadian smartphone maker has issues a statement saying it was very much Smartphone One in the US.

We value the long-term relationship weve had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade. The US government requires the highest levels of security. We were the first mobility platform to receive the Authority to Operate certification from the Department of Defense, said a statement from the company.

BlackBerry clarified that governments test new technologies frequently, but nevertheless the U.S. government continues to choose BlackBerry for its unmatched security and cost effectiveness.

Other vendors such as Samsung and LG still have a long way to go to catch up to meet the governments stringent requirements and certifications. BlackBerrys operating system has already received the highest security approvals from the United States, United Kingdom and NATO, and our latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, is already certified for high-security users in various NATO countries, it added.

The Blackberry statement is an obvious reaction to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which said White House was testing LG and Samsung phones.