Turnbull dumps BlackBerry for iPhone


blog Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has achieved notoriety for constantly using his iPad — including in parliament. But, according to tweets from the honourable Member for Wentworth yesterday, up until very recently he’s been using a BlackBerry — like most of the public service.

Now that’s all set to change.

So why did Turnbull dump his trusty BlackBerry and take up the Apple option? The same reason everyone else has … the iPhone’s stellar web browsing functionality and wide range of third-party software.

However, we hasten to point out, this is one area where Turnbull’s thinking is a little behind that of his opposite, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who was flirting with the iPhone shortly after it launched in Australia in mid-2008 — describing the device as “a sexy gadget”. Although Conroy has on occasion, suffered recurring ‘technical difficulties’ with his Apple device, we’re sure Turnbull won’t have that problem — his own daughter being fully grown.

Image credit: Screenshots of Twitter.com site


  1. No doubt the first comment on this article apart from this one will be … “why is this news?? Don’t you have anything important to write about??”


  2. Interesting. Welcome to 2007, Malcolm! I wonder if Malcolm will understand the issues around wireless data and its unreliability a little better now he has a device that fully harnesses the medium? Someone make sure he’s on Vodafone, just to really torture him!

    • He already has an iPad, so I think he’s well versed in the limitations of Wireless.

      If you pay attention careful to what he has been saying he is merely concerned that the convience of Wireless and the fact it is cheaper to deploy mean that spending tens of billions of tax paper money on the NBN might backfire.

      A concern which I personally think is illfounded, but valid none-the-less.

      • I agree the concern is ill-founded. As Quigley and others have constantly pointed out, we’ll need both; not least because the NBN fibre will be needed to fuel wireless coverage and mobile towers.

        • The concern isn’t really ill founded because wireless plans will be comparatively cheaper (compared to wireless) then they normally would due to the capital cost that NBN and the NBN decommissioning all lined infrastructure which would be able to compete against wireless because of sunk capital costs (i.e. ADSL)

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