New York, Nov 26 : It looks like U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is addicted to his BlackBerry.
He told ABC News' Barbara Walters in an interview that he's trying to talk the Secret Service and others into letting him keep his wireless device.
Obama had to give up the device over fears that hackers could break into his inbox and harvest data that's potentially damaging to national security.
However, he thinks keeping BlackBerry at hand will allow him to keep a better handle on his job.
"This is a problem," the New York Daily News quoted Obama, as telling Walters.
"I'm negotiating to figure out how can I get information from outside of the 10 or 12 people who surround my office in the White House. Because one of the worst things I think that could happen to a President is losing touch with what people are going through day to day," he added.