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iPhones are a must-have for Congress

iPhones are a must-have for Congress
iPhones are a must-have for Congress

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By Jordy Yager

House members in the next Congress could get Apple=E2=80=99s iPhone as their 
newest communication gadget.

The Chief Administrative Office (CAO), which oversees the communications 
systems for the House, has begun testing a small number of iPhones 
within its ranks to see if they are compatible with the working needs of 
lawmakers and staff.

=E2=80=9CThe reason we=E2=80=99re trying them out is because we heard a lot of people 
wanted the option to have them,=E2=80=9D said Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the 

The iPhone has garnered tremendous attention since its release in July 
2007. In addition to being heralded as one of the greatest modern 
inventions, it=E2=80=99s received its share of criticism for its touch-screen 
keyboard and slow connection speeds.

The CAO plans to decide whether to give members the option of using the 
phones, which are offered exclusively under AT&T contracts, by the 
beginning of the next Congress in January.


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