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US Government Agency to Test Forthcoming BlackBerry Smartphones

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Research In Motion has secured a change of heart at the USA's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department, who have announced that they will test the company's new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobile enterprise management solution and BlackBerry 10 smartphones in early 2013.

The ICE will be among the first government organizations to pilot the new BlackBerry 10 solution.

The move comes just a few weeks after the government agency had suggested that it might not deploy RIM's forthcoming software upgrade and would look to other platforms in future.

"ICE has been a valued BlackBerry customer for years, and our commitment to government agencies has influenced the development of the BlackBerry 10 platform." said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security, Research In Motion.

Several US agencies have also said that they are unlikely to want to migrate to the new OS, and it can be expected that RIM sales staff are piling on the pressure for them to backtrack as ICE has.

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