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BYOD of choice for Congress

Apple devices have taken root on the Hill, according to a recent survey by The Hill.

Of the 102 lawmakers whose offices responded to The Hill’s questions, more than 71 percent use iPhones, 9 percent use Android phones and 28 percent carry a BlackBerry. Not surprisingly, many carry more than one device. Among those using tablets, 95 percent use iPads.

Congress is much more Apple-friendly than the nation as a whole, according to The Hill, where about  42 percent of smartphone owners have an iPhone and 52 percent have an Android.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), who represents the Silicon Valley district that includes Apple’s headquarters, also has the full suite of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air — and he’s looking into picking up one of the company’s new Apple Watches, spokesman Ken Scudder said.

The lone Windows phone owner is Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), a former Microsoft executive who now represents the district that includes the company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. DelBene’s staffers use Windows phones as well, her office told The Hill.

Like most Americans, popular apps for lawmakers include those that provide news, weather and traffic, although Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) told The Hill they were fans of Capitol Bells, an app developed by a former Capitol Hill staffer that decodes the Capitol’s buzzer system and lets the general public follow along.

Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM


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