Is the Blackberry On Its Way Out at the White House?

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BlackBerry has been on a rocky road these past few years, but it maintains one very high profile client: The White House. Indeed, President Obama has long used BlackBerry for his personal and business communications.

But recent reports have begun to surface that the White House may be testing LG and Samsung devices to possibly replace BlackBerry.

This may not come as a shock to most smartphone experts since Blackberry only holds 3.1% of the smartphone market, according to the January 2014 comScore figures.

But the White House and Blackberry say the rumors are not true.

BlackBerry seems confident in its ability to maintain its high-stakes client though, stating “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 government’s stringent requirements and certifications.”

A White House spokesman told the Washington Post that the Executive Office of the President is not involved in any pilot program for testing non-BlackBerry phones.

BlackBerry issued a report saying, “We value the long-term relationship we’ve had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade. The U.S. 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.”

About John Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of SaveOnPhone.com. He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.