Obama dropped BlackBerry and now the Senate has, too
President Obama dropped his BlackBerry — somewhat against his will (and to his liking) — and so will plenty of Capitol Hill staffers.
Specifically, employees of the Senate will no longer be issued BlackBerry phones. Why? BlackBerry has stopped the factories and AT&T and Verizon are clinging onto little inventory.
In a notice sent to Senate administration, the Sergeant at Arms said that BlackBerry will continuing supporting the Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport and Classic for the time being. But with no more BB10 phones being made, the end of the BlackBerry era within the well-entrenched beltway seems near.
“Once we have exhausted our current in-house stock, new device procurements will be limited, while supplies last, to warranty exchanges only,” the notice stated.
Verizon is offering Senate staffers an instant upgrade to the Galaxy S6 while the 16GB iPhone SE has been approved for Senate purposes.