US Department of Defense approves BlackBerry 7 devices for agency usage

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While RIM will likely continue to be on shaky ground in the consumer space during the company's transition to BlackBerry 10, it just got a vote of confidence from one of its biggest clients. The US Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency have tested BlackBerry 7 and given it approval to be used by all Department of Defense customers. There's a specific set of handsets covered by this approval — the Bold 9900 and 9930, the Torch 9810 (with its full keyboard), the Torch 9850 and 9860 (full touchscreen), and the Curve 9360. This support comes at a time when several US government agencies have moved on to more modern smartphone platforms, but it's not a huge surprise to see the Department of Defense continue its relationship with RIM. Despite some agencies moving in a different direction, RIM said last month that its share of the US government mobile market was "probably increasing" — this new deal should help it keep moving in a positive direction.

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