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Itaú Unibanco deploying BlackBerry 10 smartphones along with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

By Bla1ze on 10 Mar 2014 04:29 pm EDT
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Itaú Unibanco, the largest private bank in Latin America, has now announced they'll be upgrading their more than 7,000 BlackBerry smartphones to BlackBerry 10 smartphones starting initially with 1,000 BlackBerry Q5's. In addition to the device upgrades, they'll also be moving to BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 for enterprise mobility management, in order to manage and its smartphone environment and protect corporate data.​

"Enterprise mobility is a key technology for us. That is why we selected BlackBerry, which offers the best options for our employees by helping them increase responsiveness, while it maintains security and flexibility for our IT group," said Luis Antonio Rodrigues, Executive Director of Itaú Unibanco.

"Itaú Unibanco was one of the first customers to use the BlackBerry solution in Latin America. We have a long-standing partnership that is based on trust. We are honored to support Itaú Unibanco, which selected BlackBerry for its secure corporate mobility solution," said Wes Nicol, Managing Director of BlackBerry for Latin America.

Needless to say, that's a nice order for BlackBerry and Itaú Unibanco in the fact it gets Itaú Unibanco employees off BlackBerry OS devices and into something more suited for today's mobility needs. If you're looking for the full press release, you'll find it below the break and feel free to discuss more in the forums.

Press Release

Itaú Unibanco upgrades its smartphones and Management Solution to BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX), a world leader in mobile communications, and Itaú Unibanco, the largest private bank in Latin America, today announced that Itaú Unibanco is upgrading its base of more than 7,000 BlackBerry® smartphones to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. The bank is initially deploying 1,000 BlackBerry® Q5 smartphones, and will be taking its base to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 for enterprise mobility management (EMM), in order to manage and its smartphone environment and protect corporate data.

Itaú Unibanco is renowned in the market for its operational excellence and for its high level of commitment to information security. The need for a solution that meets the strict security requirements of the financial sector and allows for a high-level IT control without impacting on end users' experience was what led Itaú Unibanco to BlackBerry.

"Enterprise mobility is a key technology for us. That is why we selected BlackBerry, which offers the best options for our employees by helping them increase responsiveness, while it maintains security and flexibility for our IT group," said Luis Antonio Rodrigues, Executive Director of Itaú Unibanco.

"Itaú Unibanco was one of the first customers to use the BlackBerry solution in Latin America. We have a long-standing partnership that is based on trust. We are honored to support Itaú Unibanco, which selected BlackBerry for its secure corporate mobility solution," said Wes Nicol, Managing Director of BlackBerry for Latin America.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

About Itaú Unibanco

Itaú Unibanco is one of the largest banks in the world in terms of market value. It is a leader in private banking, vehicle financing, and in the credit card market, with 32.5 million credit card accounts in Brazil and more than 1 million credit cards in Latin America. In addition to its robust operations with enterprises, the bank has also made significant progress in the market of estate and consigned credit. The performance of Itaú Unibanco in the stock exchange supports the credibility of its market strategy. With 95,700 employees by the end of 2013 - over 6,900 of them in foreign offices, Itaú Unibanco has a service network of 32,891 branches in Brazil and abroad. The bank operates in more than a thousand Brazilian municipalities and has branches and offices in other countries of Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Reader comments

Itaú Unibanco deploying BlackBerry 10 smartphones along with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

65 Comments

Itau operates here in Argentina and NONE of their branch managers here is given a company cellphone, I know that for a fact as a friend of mine is a branch manager here. Nor they pay for their managers cellphone bills. I guess we won't be seeing those around here... Not to mention that the Q5 was never released here at all, nor the Q10, nor the Z30...

Posted via CB10

I live in the Caribbean and never in my life have I heard of that bank before. I guess they aren't around here

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They said Latin America not the Caribbean ;). Yes I know a few Latin countries are in the Caribbean but that's not the region of focus.

BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

Actually it's great news about the Q5! Reduces stock for BlackBerry and shows the pricing is perfect for the region!

Most impressive! Muy buen BlackBerry!!

BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

Sweet keep kicking ass CEO Chen!

Just please get us a new device before Christmas. My god that's a hell of a wait with iphone 6, galaxy s5, and new HTC one coming out soon.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

Yesterday I really was going to buy a Z30,but trying to do so was a pain,I'm think I'm with you and will wait for Christmas and buy the new one coming out.

Direct sales from BlackBerry. Direct sales from BlackBerry. Direct sales from BlackBerry. It needs to happen.

This post Powered by BlackBerry

Blackberry has direct sales, even though it cuts out the middle man, it's still darn expensive, more than the carriers for a sim free phone.

Posted by the Crackberry Pirate

Heck, start a petition. We want Blackberry discount, when do we want it? NOW!!!

Hey Hey, ho ho, Blackberry discount is the way to go!!!

Posted by the Crackberry Pirate

Alot of US Companies are starting to use BBM Channels.

It maybe the next step, But you need a absolute Mammoth US corporation to say 'we back BlackBerry 10, what are you doing to protect your information? We are bringing in BlackBerry 10 to replace our old BlackBerry devices / iPhone / Android. '

When I hear that from a US CIO and CEO of a Fortune 500 company then people and the Press might just believe that BlackBerry is back and alive.

BlackBerry needs to reclaim the number one spot.

It won't be easy but winning never is.

A battle is won but the war continues.....

BlackBerry....Get it done!!!!

Posted via CB10

I can imagine the face reactions for those employees going from BBOS to BB10. I can see them saying WOW,

The one thing people need to realize is upgrading from BBOS, iOS and Android, and going to BB10 is considered an Upgrade. ;) These workers are going to be very happy with BB10 devices and platform. Its awesome.

*awaiting negative spinner comment such as "this is too small to matter*

It adds up, seriously. How many of these presses have we seen since Chen took over? Lots.

-STV on Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2141 TMO US

@rsilent...they chose the Q5 I guess because it meets their needs and the price is right . Will they be first in line for the Sub$200 Foxconn Z3 coming soon to other emerging markets? So let's be optimistic!!! It's all good!!!

i agree and that is my point. a few thousand of handsets for low price is nothing. so i see the bigger value in this deal in the swith to BES 10. but hey it ads up....:-)

Odebrecht e Itaú optaram por Blackberry. Precisamos de uma propaganda agressiva para conquistar todo o Brasil. É necessário atingir o consumidor final. (Portuguese of Brazil) I love my Z10!

My man, I have not seen anything even close to "aggressive" here in Argentina from BlackBerry... I can imagine the same thing is happening in Brasil... it's very good news though that those huge companies are upgrading to BlackBerry 10! Keep up the love for BlackBerry in Brasil. See you at the world cup finals! Haha

Posted via CB10

I would love to see BlackBarry 10 devices sold here in Brasil (yes, with "s") at reasonable prices. So far a few stores have the Z10 for around R$ 2000 (US$ 850). Some carriers offer it in absurdly expensive plans. Other models do not exist.

I am Brazilian, and use the application of Banco Itaú of BlackBerry z10.
I will be very happy if the application for the bank itau native blackberry.

They'll be " Powered by BlackBerry". Love the positive and great news coming from BlackBerry !!!

Posted via CB10

Good deal with a bank and it lends credibility to their security features! Like everyone else is saying, what is needed is a big US bank yo upgrade and the ball will roll in! Well done BlackBerry!?! Keep moving!

Posted via CB10

Very good news indeed
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But we need some pro blackberry sales rep in store, that's where they are getting killed by rep pushing other products on purpose

BlackBerry 10 - Built to keep you moving

For enterprise mobility, BlackBerry always made the most sense. I'm often surprised how organizations have so willingly ready to abandon a product that was tailor made to meet their needs. What if BlackBerry was allowed to go under, would the competition be nearly as flexible devoting their very existence to enterprise nerds? More organization should be following this example and start the migration over to BES10 + devices before the option is no longer available.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z30

is excellent news. pity that they are not attacking the various companies in Brazil that still have BB7 and do not even know that there is BB10, why are exchanging their BB7 devices for android. BB10 also do not see in any store in Brazil. expect that to change