NASA makes 3G iPhone available to employees

Space agency also testing Android, iPhone 4 and Droid 2 smart phones, as well as iPad tablet

NASA is making Apple's iPhone 3G available to agency employees through its Outsourcing Desktop Initiative program, according to a report by Federal News Radio. The report says NASA workers are among the first federal employees who can choose to receive the iPhone from their agency.

NASA also is testing the iPhone 4G and the Apple iPad tablet, as well as the Google Android and Motorola Droid Version 2 smart phones, the article said.


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Federal News Radio spoke to Tony Facca, information technology project manager for NASA’s emergency technology and desktop standards division, for the story.

NASA recently did an analysis of all devices on its network and found more than 9,000 non-BlackBerry mobile devices, Facca said in the article. That suggests that employees are using their personal devices during the workday, he added.

 

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Reader comments

Thu, Feb 3, 2011

How is NASA locking down these NON-Blackberry devices.

Fri, Aug 20, 2010 WOR

"NASA recently did an analysis of all devices on its network and found more than 9,000 non-BlackBerry mobile devices, Facca said in the article. That suggests that employees are using their personal devices during the workday, he added." If I did that in my agency, I would be fired, as no non-government owned devices are allowed on the network. What's up over in NASA???

Fri, Aug 20, 2010

"NASA workers are among the first federal employees who can choose to receive the iPhone from their agency". That is a vastly incorrect statement. The National Institutes of Health has been offering iPhones to its employees and connecting them to its enterprise infrastructure since early 2009.

Fri, Aug 20, 2010

"That suggests that employees are using their personal devices during the workday, he added." This statement seems to imply that employees aren't working, when in fact I use my personal iPhone for work purposes (mostly email). NASA only provides phones to a limited amount of personnel. The use of my iPhone actually allows me to be more productive.

Fri, Aug 20, 2010 Tim@FAA

With the Space Shuttle shutdown, and the fact that we're no longer going to the Moon/Mars, why would NASA employee's even need this technology? Seems like a total waste of taxpayer $$$ to me.

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