The Hill reports that iPhones are beginning to be at the top of the “must-have” list for members of the US Congressional House of Representatives.
The Chief Adminstrative Office (CAO), which overseas the communictions systems of the House is reported to have started testing iPhones within Congress to see if they will meet the needs of lawmakers and their staff. Accordingly the site reports that,
“‘The reason we’re trying them out is because we heard a lot of people wanted the option to have them,’ said Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the CAO.”
Currently, the congressional communications device of choice is RIM Blackberry handhelds of which nearly 8,200 are in service after being introduced in 2001. They are used to deliver email to representatives using RIMs proprietary server interface to Microsoft Exchange which is not compatible with the iPhone.