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In a surprising about-face, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it will test-drive Research in Motion's new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January, having earlier said that it planned to drop RIM's platform in favor of iOS. The pilot program, which will include both RIM's new BlackBerry 10 …

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  1. bazza Silver badge

    Wonder why?

    Pure speculation on my part, but I'd guess that BlackBerry Balance might have had something to do with it. For organisations with data to properly protect *and* employees who want to use their mobe for their stuff too Balance is looking like a good thing.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      or more likely

      RIM offered a truckload of Blackberries for free.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: or more likely

        Or maybe, just maybe they found out how well those transitions are working at those listed agencies: No centralized management, nightmares controlling unauthorized software, etc. And the worst surprise of all is that once you've solved the unauthorized software problem, it seems trivial compared to the new problem of purchasing, distributing, and installing authorized software, especially if the authorized software happens to be FREE.

        How do I know? Yeah, that's right. I'm a help desk worker at one of those listed agencies. And from the conversations I've had, I think the only person in the org who doesn't think it was an epic fail is the whole arse who ordered the change.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hope Research In Motion recovers

    It's a shame that so many RIM jobs are no more.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I blame high fiber diets

      With so many of beans and apples to go around the whole experience can become a bit too unsavoury.

    2. southpacificpom
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      Re: I hope Research In Motion recovers

      Yes, you don't see that many RIM jobs being offered these days...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So they won't have to pull out then?

  4. JaitcH
    Meh

    Variety is the spice of life

    ICE is security concious, after all they are the ones who chase down kiddy porn dealers and other ne'er-do-wells.

    The other thing against RIM is the US preferential supplier (buy US first), after all most Americans think the best things come fro the States ignoring the fact most of their 'things' come from China.

    Does Obamarama still use a RIM?

    1. Keep Refrigerated
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      Re: Variety is the spice of life

      RIM is a Canadian company.

      1. Andrew Baines Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Read it properly

        He says the 'thing against' RIM. That is, he's saying they're not American.

  5. FrankAlphaXII

    National Transportation Board?

    There is no US Government agency by that name. Do you mean the National Transportation Safety Board perhaps? Or the Department of Transportation?

  6. RonWheeler
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    Quite right

    End user's 'right' to play games and Tweet all day doesn't trump security, manageability or ability to replace spent batteries.

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