Obama bemoans ban on a presidential iPhone. It’s just one more thing over which he has no control.
President Obama is not allowed to have an iPhone. That’s what he told attendees at a White House Youth Summit on Thursday, anyway.
The subject came up while he was talking about the price of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” He noted that between cable and phone bills many young people are paying more than 100 bucks for connectivity, and that health insurance at the same price is a good deal.
Then he said, “Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone,” adding that Sasha and Malia seem to be spending a lot of time on their own presumably Apple-produced mobile communication devices.
Apple and China Mobile have signed a deal to bring the iPhone handset to the Chinese network (reports the Wall Street Journal). Widely expected to be announced on December 18th alongside China Mobile’s unveiling of a 4G network, the iPhone’s availability on China’s largest network presents a sizeable opportunity for Apple without disrupting their traditional pricing model.
Smartphones from Apple are already available on two of the smaller networks (China Unicom and China Telecom) but availability on China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network, is a vital step in selling the iPhone to Chinese customers.
Apple’s new iPhones are big in Japan, taking a 61 percent share of NTT DoCoMo smartphone sales and a 76 percent share of overall sales during the month of October.
The statistics, reported by Kantar World Panel via Twitter, indicate strong demand for the new phones both across Apple’s existing carrier partners and the country’s largest carrier, one that just began carrying iPhones this season after years of losing subscribers while backing alternative devices from Samsung.