U.S. Immigration & Customs Agency Set To Test RIM’s BlackBerry 10


Research In Motion (RIM), a one-time pioneer in the smartphone industry, has announced that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is going to begin a pilot program on its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Reuters reports that the U.S. federal agency has been previously been planning to move away from BlackBerry in favor of iPhone. 

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The news reflects that RIM’s BlackBerry 10 platform is gaining some traction ahead of its official launch next month. The company is now betting that these new devices will revive its fortunes. However, that will largely depend on the response from enterprise customers, such as ICE. The source points out that in October, ICE announced plans to end a long relationship with RIM, stating that BlackBerry devices could “no longer meet the mobile technology needs” of the agency. 

At the time, ICE outlined intentions to buy iPhones for more than 17,600 employees. It is not immediately clear whether the agency plans to revisit this plan or whether its intends to use RIM’s new BES 10 platform to manage both iPhones and BlackBerry devices. A spokeswoman for the agency was not immediately able to comment on the pilot program or the agency’s plans.

Shares in the company rose 5.6 percent to close at $13.31 on the Nasdaq – their highest close since May 1. Its Toronto-listed shares rose 5.8 percent to close at C$13.14.

RIM is so far quite confident that its new line of devices, which will be powered by the BlackBerry 10 operating system, will be both smoother and faster than its previous phones.


  • Konstantine Neikours

    “RIM is so far quite confident that its new line of devices, which will be powered by the BlackBerry 10 operating system, will be both smoother and faster than its previous phones.” Seriously? What would be the opposite: RIM thinks that their new devices and new operating system will have all the same issues as before and feel like your old device?

  • Kj

    My George Foreman guarente is no one will give a squirt of whiz about rim after release ahah

  • Farids

    Why’s RIM announcing this? Isn’t ICE supposed to announce their intention to enroll in a BB10 rollout program? Or at least a joint announcement? The fact RIM is the lone announcer, tells me this announcement is their own, without the knowledge, permission or at the least, blessings of ICE. If I were in the head of ICE, I’d get pretty pissed if RIM announced this without my blessings, which pretty much means joint announcement, considering the significance of this news. Especially when ICE already announced their plans to go iPhone. I guess RIM really wants to screw this up one way or the other.

  • RIM probably told them they would get new BlackBerrys for free.

  • Farids

    I am sure you’re right. Otherwise, they’d be shooting themselves in the foot with that kind of arrogance. They’d have to give a lot of free phones to gain back at least some of the lost business.

  • Midnightdoom

    After watching the release demos in dev phones and now seeing the real device leaks on Internet. I am actually excited for the new bb line and thinkin of switching from the iPhone. iPhone has gotten so boring. I upgraded to 4s from 3GS and aside from having the better camera I could care less about be rest. Feature on new blackberry look very promising to save them. Especially on the corporation side of things. It is super fast and the keyboard is pretty damn sweet with the next work guessing. Don’t hate on it until you go and watch some YouTube videos. Now how to get out of my contract

  • KJ

    An we will all laugh once you do that haha

  • Mark

    A story without a qualified source. hmmmm….
    I wouldn’t think it to be in the regulations of a government agency to be allowed to invest in unproven technology, let alone vapourwear.

  • We’ll have to wait and see what happens eh? 😉