BlackBerry 10 wins security clearance in US

first_imgRIM’s first BlackBerry 10 devices aren’t due on the market for a few months, but the Canadian company has already scored a modest victory for its upcoming OS. The U.S. government has already bestowed a vital security clearance upon BlackBerry 10, which clears the way for federal agencies and contractors to upgrade to the L and N Series phones when they arrive early in 2013.The thumbs-up is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it shows that RIM retains its laser-like focus on security, which is something that has helped it stay afloat against the rising tide of iPhone and Android. That’s always been a major selling point for BlackBerry, and it could work in RIM’s favor as the NFC payment revolution picks up speed. Second, it means that RIM can start talking to decision-makers in the government agencies where its phones are still deployed about giving the next-gen BlackBerry a close look. Despite some very public losses last year, RIM says that there are still more than one million of its handsets in use by government employees in the States.A little good government-related news will no doubt be welcomed by RIM. Just over a week ago, the company learned that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was going to end its BlackBerry-only policy and allow other devices — as long as they were secured by Good Software’s mobile device management suite. Contracting giant Halliburton also dumped RIM last year, opting to move its users to the iPhone.RIM has already started to get carriers involved with BlackBerry 10, and with this security clearance out of the way you can bet that the company will start chatting with CTO Todd Park about what it can do to address the fed’s unique smartphone needs. As much as RIM needs to win over consumers with the launch of BlackBerry 10, the government and corporate America need plenty of convincing, too.More at The Globe and Maillast_img

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