Obama shuns iPhone on security grounds

President not allowed an iPhone for "security reasons", he reveals.

President Obama has seemingly reinstated his position as one of BlackBerry's loyalist fans.

During a meeting to promote the healthcare reform in the US, known as Obama Care', the President quipped that the cost of healthcare would be the same price as owning Apple's flagship product.

"I am not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone," he said, when comparing the cost of healthcare to Apple's flagship smartphone.

The indirect promotion of BlackBerry's security is a much needed positive for the firm, which has had a terrible 2013. The firm released its BlackBerry 10 smartphones in January to luke-warm demand, profits fell off a cliff and the once dominant manufacturer put itself up for sale for a brief period of time.

BlackBerry is now focusing its efforts on providing devices to businesses and government organisations, and having the President of the US as a customer will no doubt be a positive.

When Obama was first elected to office in 2009, he became the first president in history to have an active email address. He was originally told his BlackBerry was a security risk, but after telling the secret service they would have to pry it out of his hands, modifications were made to the device.

Despite using the smartphone on a daily basis, only 10 people have the President's email address. His inbox has also been configured so it doesn't accept attachments, and the device is assigned a secure base station to prevent snooping.

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