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US Government Sticks With BlackBerry, Obsolescence

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Who would've thought the outfit that almost passed SOPA and PIPA had an aversion to new technology? 
As the majority of government representatives has to be spoon-fed even the most basic technological rundowns prior to potentially devastating bills or measures, it stands to reason that their digital knowhow ends right around accessing their AOL (AOL) email through IE6 (MSFT) without accidentally formatting their hard drives. So, if they were given a device as a means of communication and said device had fallen out of favor roughly two to three years ago, they might have a hard time letting go -- despite the fact that numerous private corporations, even one practically in their jurisdiction, have already moved on.
Case in point, the Washington Post reported this week that the US government has decided to stick with BlackBerry (RIMM) even as its manufacturer continues to slide into obscurity. Roughly 500,000 members refuse to -- or are unable to -- switch to iPhones (AAPL) or Android (GOOG) devices, hamstrung by technology that could very well be gone in a year's time.
Casey Coleman, the chief information officer at the General Services Administration (GSA), said, "We appreciate RIM’s focus on security, which is paramount for government use." This, of course, in spite of the three-day blackout BlackBerry had in October. But hey, if there's anything the US government likes more than security, it's a break from work.

Nevertheless, Coleman maintains that the GSA places "a priority on adoption where appropriate of innovative new technologies." 

In regards to innovation and the lack thereof, you might want to make the switch, Casey.

But not everyone is happy with the move. Government contractor Paul Slider told the Post he'd much rather have an iPhone or Android. "I want a bigger screen. I only really use it for work, but it would be nice to surf the Web more easily," he said. 

Christina Cox, a Washington events planner, is itching to swap her BlackBerry for an iPhone as soon as her Verizon (VZ) contract expires, so much so that she's willing to pay out of pocket for one. "Everyone used to have a BlackBerry in town, but I need more than just e-mail," she said.

Nice to see that at least a few folks in DC can think ahead.

(See also: Microsoft Destroys Beloved Franchise's Last Shred of Dignity and AT&T Falsely 'Upgrades' iPhone 4S to 4G)

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