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Congress denies likelihood of iPhone adoption

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue October 28, 2008

No iPhones in Congress

The US House of Representatives is not likely to adopt the iPhone in the near future, according to a press secretary. Recent reports had indicated that Congressional staff were testing iPhones for possible support; phones must not only meet technical needs but qualify for an allowance distributed to each representative's office. Jeff Ventura, speaking on behalf of Congressional chief administrative officer Dan Beard, now explains that while there has been "some interest from offices" for the iPhone, there is little chance of the device becoming standard.

"If demand is high," says Ventura, "[the Chief Administrative Office's] role in terms of operational support of the members is to make what they want happen." The most basic problem, he explains, is that considerably more testing is needed, given that supporting the iPhone would not only require more planning, but an investment in software to deal with issues like security.

Demand also remains comparatively low, as the most popular phone in Congress is Research in Motion's BlackBerry, specifically the BlackBerry Pearl. Over 8,000 BlackBerries are used by residents of Congress. Ventura further comments that although the iPhone has made progress in terms of enterprise support, it is still missing unspecified "utilitarian functions" taken for granted on BlackBerries.

A former Congressional staffer notes that price is an issue as well, because RIM offers heavy discounts to Congress, and the government does not want to be accused of wasting taxpayer money on new technology. Likewise, salaries and phone purchases are paid for out of the same budget.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Congress doesn't want..

    the iPhone. Why would they throw away money on iPhones if their BlackBerrys already serve them just fine. If they started switching over, I'd only suspect them of using the iPhone to watch movies and play games.

    I wonder who started this insane rumor anyhow. Somebody had written an article about bloggers trying to exaggerate how the iPhone was gaining traction everywhere. Wherever there is a BlackBerry Secure Mail Server in use, is one area the iPhone won't be able to crack.

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Why is this news?

    To h*** with Congress, whatever they think.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Low opinion

    Ah hah! This explains the low ratings Congress is getting, somewhere around 13% I believe. If they would just ditch the Blackberry and get the iPhone the public's opinion of them would soar. No, really, could it get any lower?

  1. Haywire

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Not too long ago...

    AT&T didn't support area code 201. I expect they do by now.

  1. VValdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    My opinion...

    Android.

    (just got the g1 and it's fantastic.)

    W

    /not to start a flamewar...

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Congress...

    Congress can't handle the iPhone. It's non-complicated, which is alien to our National Leaders!

    Case in point... didn't the 700 billion dollar banking bailout bill go from a few pages at the start to a few hundred after Congress got done with it?

  1. nebby

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    FU AT&T

    The Democrats should remember that AT&T heavily supports Bush & the GOP, not to mention breaking the law handing over access to their customer's emails and calls. They've censored concerts before, ie Pearl Jam in Chicago, if anybody said anything bad about Bush.

    I love Apple and the iPhone, but will never give a dime to that horrible company.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    huh?

    How does a phone company "censor a concert?" Are bands outsourcing their road crews to Ma Ball?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    RIM better anyway...

    Another reason not to switch to the iPhone is that they'd have to switch to AT&T. The current Blackberries probably run on Verizon, which has MUCH better coverage in DC. You can even get a full-strength Verizon signal in the DC subway. Not so for AT&T.

  1. zooachtiv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    In A Time of Crisis...

    ...Voicemail. If they are lucky...

    Hey theres an idea.. lets send them to Bin Laden. They would never be able to communicate with each other!

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