Apple is believed to have offered President elect Barack Obama an iPhone to replace is much loved Blackberry. An insider at Apple said last week that Apple was prepared to give the phone away for free.
“Research In Motion and their Blackberry is a Canadian Company and Apple is a pure American Company,” the insider said. “It makes sense to support an American Company as opposed to a foreign product during the economic downturn,” the Apple executive added.
The move comes as Research In Motion stands to get massive global brand awareness.
Despite legal and security hurdles, president-elect Barack Obama intends to keep his beloved Blackberry when he moves into the White House this week. Interviewed by CNN, Obama said the smartphone was among the tools that he would use to stay in touch with “real Americans” to avoid becoming trapped inside the presidential “bubble”.
“My assumption is that anything I write in an e-mail could end up being on CNN,” he said. “So I make sure to think before I press ‘send’.”
Obama did not divulge just how he will overcome legal constraints, given the requirement of the Presidential Records Act to keep a record of every White House communication.
The mobile device dilemma may have inadvertently been solved on Friday.
Obama’s Blackberry fell from his belt when he left his limo to board his plane in Washington. A Secret Service agent hurried to pick up the pieces.