Verizon employees without Verizon's authorization viewed Barack Obama's personal inactive cell phone account of a flip voice phone, not his BlackBerry. The employees were placed on leave for investigation and may face disciplinary action.
Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam made the following statement:
"This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless
employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed
President-Elect Barack Obama's personal cell phone account. The account
has been inactive for several months. The device on the account was a
simple voice flip-phone, not a BlackBerry or other smartphone designed
for e-mail or other data services.
"All employees who have accessed the account - whether
authorized or not - have been put on immediate leave, with pay. As the
circumstances of each individual employee's access to the account are
determined, the company will take appropriate actions. Employees with
legitimate business needs for access will be returned to their
positions, while employees who have accessed the account improperly and
without legitimate business justification will face appropriate
"We apologize to President-Elect Obama and will work to keep the trust our customers place in us every day."
Comment from Wireless and Mobile News:
So Barack Obama is a BlackBerry user and Verizon customer maybe he will get a BlackBerry Storm?