RIM Announces Approval of BlackBerry 7 Smartphones for U.S. Department of Defense Networks

Army BlackBerry
By Adam Zeis on 9 May 2012 10:48 am EDT
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Press Release

TAMPA, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2012) - DISA Mission Partner Conference -- Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced DoD-wide approval for the use of BlackBerry® 7 smartphones. Working with U.S. Army and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) sponsors and partners, BlackBerry 7 smartphones have undergone successful testing through Army labs leading to a subsequent listing on DISA's Unified Communications Approved Product List (UCAPL).

The approval allows all DoD customers to use the following BlackBerry 7 smartphones on DoD networks:

  • BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 (touch screen with keyboard)
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 (touch screen with slide out keyboard)
  • BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 (full screen touch screen)
  • BlackBerry Curve 9360 (keyboard)

"The Army introduced a wide range of new apps and capabilities for their BlackBerry users last year, and these new BlackBerry 7 smartphones will now enable Army users, and all DoD users, to experience an even greater level of performance on new smartphones that include features such as voice activated universal search, Near Field Communications, Augmented Reality, and Social Feeds 2.0 just to name a few," said Scott Totzke, SVP, BlackBerry Security Group at RIM. "RIM's unwavering focus on security and RIM's achievement of key security certifications including FIPS 140-2 validation and Common Criteria EAL4+ accreditation continue to be very important to many of our DoD and enterprise customers, but leveraging the full power of BlackBerry smartphones is also important as it helps them realize the full potential of their investment in the BlackBerry platform."

For more information about BlackBerry 7 smartphones and features, please visit: www.blackberry.com/bb7.

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RIM Announces Approval of BlackBerry 7 Smartphones for U.S. Department of Defense Networks

39 Comments

"Distortion field" victim.

He will find it exciting when browsing the web is like rolling the dice on getting a nasty virus download.

Perhaps he also thinks that being sued by the Justice Department for price fixing e-books is more exciting.

With all the negative news and all the talk about bb either being dead or is being too focused on security, this is good news.

As much talk as there is, Blackberry has its own niche and what they offer. It isn't for everyone but those who value what they bring, will only enable them to do their duties better.

No bin Laden used Iphone and Al queda used Android...thats why Bin ladens dead and Al queda are on a constant run.We are always one step ahead of them.

If Bin Laden was using BBM he might still be alive.

Great news but I bet you won't see it in mainstream media. I'm pretty sure this piece of information would inspire some undecided/unhappy customers from the other platforms.

PS Reuters published it. No wonder why I follow them on Twitter

Fantastic news since the Army was testing out iPads just a few months back. They must not of liked them. Just a side note though, those are US Air Force (Staff Sgt and Sr Airman) members in the pic. Air Force only uses BlackBerrys. My husband is a Master Sgt and has had a BlackBerry as a work phone for the last 12 years. The only bad thing is that the DoD has them so locked down that most can't even use the camera due to security reasons. I'm curious if the Army has their BlackBerrys locked down too.

From what I've seen, more so. The main reason that was told to my by my company commander (I'm formally Army enlisted.) is that they are in the field much more than any Air Force and they are more at risk of being lost. Any Army BlackBerry missing for 24 hours is wiped. My understanding is that they are using the GPS in the phone now to monitor this. If the phone hasn't moved in 24 hours, it is marked as lost and wiped automatically. Army don't play.

This is good news and not a big surprise. What would be nice to know is have any other makers phones been approved?

Camera phones are pretty much banned from all military installations. For my last job, I had to wait forever for the backordered VZW camera-less Bolds. The military is a very different world: most computers don't even have the DVD or USB drives activated through group policy. Security to the nth degree!

The SD drives still work. I've had to use that work around, but yes, Army computers can be a pain, but I never complained about it.

Excellent, last thing i would want to read about is a group of troops were caught because some douche with a itoy was playing with the 400 available fart apps and gave away their location. Or worst yet, was not able to watch a shockwave flash video of a top secret location because their phone did not support it. Maybe siri doesnt understand army lingo.

Overall nice to see the media was wrong as usual in making it sound like everyone was switching from the secure blackberry devices in the most secure needed fields of work. When you need to work a toy just won't do.

RIM always needs to focus on security. As long as it's the most secure platform, it will be the phone of choice for government, corporations and the military. Well done RIM!!

Didn't you read ANY of the blackberry world posts on the crackberry blogs? They're doing right before, during and even after the big event. Read up!

2 reasons for the comeback:

1. They have tried iPhone and Android, but they realized the North Korean's are joining their conversations.
2. They have tried iPhone and Android, but they realized they are hitting the backspace more than actual letters.

I am Long RIMM