Introducing the BarackBerry

It looks like the National Security Agency added some security software to a BlackBerry phone to satisfy President Barack Obama’s need for his Research in Motion (s RIMM) smartphone. This means Obama can continue emailing routine and personal messages that will become part of the public record. However, some of the more “fun” functions of a smartphone, such as IM and those requiring GPS functionality, won’t be available for his use. So far no data channels appear to be secure enough for Top Secret emails.

An alternative device that was speculated to be the replacement for Obama’s BlackBerry is the Sectera Edge, designed by L3 and General Dynamics to act as a classified-information-friendly replacement for a BlackBerry. However, it only allows for classified voice calls on any network and data while on a classified network. Check it out: