Maybe Obama Can Keep His Mobile E-mail

Feds have approved mobile handsets good enough for spooks

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Maybe Obama doesn't have to do without texting and E-mailing while on the go, though he'd have to give up his beloved BlackBerry. Declan McCullagh at CNet's Politics and Law blog has an interesting look at high-powered alternatives. A $3,500 mobile handset is not only secure, but... dust-proof, waterproof, and rugged enough to survive repeated 4-foot drops onto concrete. Physically, it's a chunkier second cousin to the Palm Treo 750, though with an additional LCD display below the keyboard.

And the software is supposedly tougher, too:

The NSA claims that the installed versions of Internet Explorer, WordPad, and Windows Messenger are good enough for data that's classified at a level of Secret. Presumably the federal spooks have found a way to protect IE from the numerous security flaws that continue to plague the Internet's most popular browser.