“Outside Washington, the world is moving at warp speed away from the BlackBerry. At its maker, profits are declining and executives are leaving, and the BlackBerry has even conceded its perch as the top smartphone in its native Canada,” Cecilia Kang reports for The Washington Post.
“Inside the Beltway, time stands still,” Kang reports. “A half million federal workers — President Obama and his staff among them — are still thumbing little black keyboards on little black devices. And that number hasn’t dipped over the past few years while Research in Motion, BlackBerry’s maker, has recorded plummeting sales everywhere else.”
Kang reports, “The slow-moving federal bureaucracy is keeping the BlackBerry around. But RIM’s intensifying troubles and thriving rivals are confronting Washington with a question: Should it break its ‘crackberry” addiction?’ Some agencies are already loosening their policies to let their workers choose other smartphones. Lawmakers and aides can now bring iPhones into the halls of Congress. But, for the most part, the federal government hasn’t joined the smartphone revolution.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Lynn Weiler,” and “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]