Transition Watch: Obama's BlackBerry may be disconnected

President-elect Barack Obama, a devoted BlackBerry user, might have to revert to 20th-century communications methods when he moves into the Oval Office.

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President-elect Barack Obama is a devoted BlackBerry user, but that might have to change once he moves into the Oval Office, the New York Times reports.


The Presidential Records Act—which requires all correspondence from the president to become part of the public record and available for review—as well as security concerns about data stored on the devices or transmitted via radio frequencies may compel the president-elect to surrender his “CrackBerry”—a sobriquet the communications device has earned for its addictiveness.


There’s still a chance Obama could become the first emailing president, the  Times said, but that’s increasingly doubtful.