Not everybody wants a smartphone though, for the sake of simplicity — and perhaps, sanity.
Truly, smartphones distract some people a lot; from getting their assignments and chores done.
But, that isn’t the only reason people like Governor Emeka Ihedioha brandish what is today termed ‘low class phones’.
MatketWatch recently published an article where billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he’s not giving up his flip phone just yet.
These celebrities, CEOs and famous athletes could be using these old phones for privacy reasons or it could be for usability and functionality. Either way, with the way people are being hacked these days, they’ve got the right idea.
1. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones uses a flip phone.
2. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour uses a flip phone.
3. CEO of Blackstone Group uses a Nokia 6350.
4. Model Kate Beckinsale uses a Verizon LG flip phone.
5. Actress Scarlett Johansson uses a flip phone too, especially after she was involved in an email hacking scandal.
6. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck uses a Samsung flip phone.
7. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio used a Samsung flip phone while campaigning last year.
8. University of Memphis basketball head coach Josh Pastner used a Samsung flip phone until he ran out of space for his contacts.
9. Rocker Iggy Pop uses a “Rugby,” an older flip phone because it “won’t break.”
10.New York senator Chuck Schumer uses a variety of LG flip phones.
11. Singer Rihanna was spotted using a T-Mobile flip phone back in November 2014.
12.Billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett uses the Nokia flip phone “Alexander Graham Bell gave me.”
13. President Obama uses a BlackBerry. He has said publicly that he’s not allowed to use iPhones for security reasons.
Buffett told CNBC that he’s not interested in a new smartphone, even though Apple CEO Tim Cook has personally tried to convince him to join the iPhone revolution.
You can take this to the bank: the rich and influential people like Presidents, Governors, Senators, or business tycoons like Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, usually have iphones and Android Phones but prefer to have on them the low-budget phones for security reasons.
They are meant for encrypted calls, texts plus voice messages.
A Substance Abuse Counselor at Crisis Management Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Churchhill Umoren, rightly observed the trend in this post:
But, what Governor Emeka Ihedioha is holding in the image above looks more like Nokia E72. Whichever is the case, the truth is that men and women of influence in the society are now cautious about security of their calls, SMS, etc.
This announcement on the release of BlackBerry’s Government Mobility Suite Achieves FedRAMP-Ready Designation further buttresses the points:
BlackBerry Limited on Tuesday announced its new BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite, which is a cloud-based endpoint management solution developed specifically for U.S. government agencies, has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Ready status.
Listed now on FedRAMP’s Marketplace, the BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite is based on BlackBerry UEM and provides IT administrators with a single, integrated view of users, devices, applications, and policies across multi-OS endpoints and ownership models.
FedRAMP continuous monitoring and required reporting for BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite will be provided by BlackBerry’s U.S. Cyber Security Operations Center and Compliance staff based out of its recently announced facility in Washington D.C.
“BlackBerry has been built on a foundation of trust, which is why governments, banks and other regulated industry organizations around the world use our software,” said the President of BlackBerry Government Solutions, Bob Day. “We remain committed to taking BlackBerry’s end-to end technology stack through FedRAMP’s stringent requirements, so that government agencies can leverage the full suite of BlackBerry capabilities in an integrated and highly secure FedRAMP cloud solution.”
FedRAMP is a government program which requires cloud service provider (CSP) organizations to facilitate an independent third-party security assessment to determine if their product or service meets a series of security and controls management requirements to be eligible to host government data.
Kratos SecureInfo, an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) has verified BlackBerry’s readiness for the full FedRAMP authorization process, and the FedRAMP Program Management Office has completed an evaluation of BlackBerry’s Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) confirming that BlackBerry’s capabilities meet core FedRAMP security requirements.
BlackBerry’s AtHoc and CylancePROTECTsolutions received FedRAMP authorizations in 2017.
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