The top UK law firms are choosing BlackBerry 10 for its security features

By James Richardson on 1 Jul 2014 06:50 am EDT

More good news on the enterprise side of things to start the week. BlackBerry UK have released the following press release and videos detailing how well BlackBerry 10 (BES10) is doing with law and accountancy companies.

We all know that security is just one area where BlackBerry dominates the market and todays news just goes to show that BlackBerry is a long way from failing - although much of the press seems to try and make us believe otherwise.

With 74% of the UK's top 31 law firms committing to BES10 it's quite clear that they see a huge value in BlackBerry, not just for now, but looking well into the future too. And why shouldn't they? If the president of the United States is rocking a BlackBerry I think it's safe to say there isn't a more secure form of mobile communication out there.

Press Release

London, UK – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced strong growth in the legal sector, following a number of recent BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) deployments among leading law and accountancy firms.  

Seventy-four per cent of the UK's top 31 law firms, including several of the legal "Magic Circle" have chosen or evaluating BlackBerry solutions to provide an end-to-end mobile security infrastructure. These firms use BES10 for either commercial or test purposes to ensure their devices are rigorously managed and follow regulated industry requirements.

  International law firm, Taylor Vinters, needs to meet their clients' expectations for high productivity and responsiveness, including while employees are working remotely. Client expectations, coupled with the need to meet the security demands of a regulated industry, are the key drivers behind Taylor Vinters' need for a solid mobile strategy. The firm worked with Appurity to install BES10 to manage a combination of BlackBerry® 10 and non-BlackBerry devices.

  "BlackBerry has provided us with highly scalable and robust mobility management solution," said Steve Sumner, Director of IT at Taylor Vinters. Our clients share privileged information with us and we need to be able to access and store that information in a safe and secure way. Our clients also expect a certain speed of response and having BlackBerry technology in place enables us to meet that need."

  Clyde & Co., a global law firm with more than 1,400 employees, has deployed BES10 to migrate its existing 1,200 BlackBerry users to BlackBerry 10 smartphones. "One of our key mobility requirements is having on-the-go access to document management software," said Aaron Donaldson, 3rd Line Support Team leader, Clyde & Co. "BES10 provides a single platform that facilitates the management and control of this software, and other business-critical apps, in a consistent environment that meets our stringent security requirements."

  BlackBerry has been at the core of Clifford Chance's enterprise mobility strategy for more than ten years. The firm's investment in BES10 last year included issuing BlackBerry® Z10 and BlackBerry® Q10 smartphones to 1,600 employees. "BES10 offers us a strong combination of flexibility, functionality and security," said Paul Greenwood, CIO at Clifford Chance. "Equipped with BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, our people have become more productive and are delivering excellence in client service."

  "Before customers engage with a professional services firm, they look for someone they can trust, and they look at the firm's reputation," said Markus C. Mueller, Regional Managing Director, and Europe, at BlackBerry. "Given the nature of this industry, sensitive customer data is often passed between employees and multiple devices – it is therefore vital that this data remains secure. BlackBerry is the gold standard in security, which means we can provide the legal industry with the freedom to access information on the go, on any device, in a way that observes compliance standards and ensures highly sensitive client information is never compromised."

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The top UK law firms are choosing BlackBerry 10 for its security features


If these companies are using bb10 now, just wait for the classic and passport to make an appearance. Along with bes12, it should be fantastic.

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They talk a lot about how BlackBerry is the "gold standard" in security. What innovations are coming out from them in the security space? Sure BlackBerry OS was the gold standard for mobile security but I've never seen anything showing that BB10 is even on par with BBOS or as good as iOS. What makes BES10 more secure than the 100 other MDM players out there? Give us something other than resting on past performance, something the average business type can relate to and say wow that is more secure.

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You definitely haven't been around here to read the numerous articles comparing BB10 to other vendors. Help yourself and look for them on Crackberry would you?


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Which also states 'to acquire BES data involves a sustained effort on the part of the NSA’s Office of Tailored Access Operations', so how much time is it taking to get any information at all, and once it is acquired what's the value of the information in relation to the time it took to acquire? We're not talking real time information gathering as has been demonstrated on iOS, Android, and Symbian.


This is why BlackBerry's FactCheck site is important.

Information like this can (as was just done by playbookdrew) can be so easily spun to make it sound like BlackBerry security is no better than anyone else's.

People like playbookdrew spread the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) and until now, BlackBerry had no standardized place to respond and archive their responses.

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So because I ask real questions I'm spreading fear?? Because BB marketing doesn't provide good information that is the consumers fault? c'mon man!!

I don't think you understand that security is not something you innovate. Long gone are the days when security becomes magically "better". It's about writing bug free code which is immune to exploits. If the past is something to go on, BlackBerry has done a superb job and continues to do so.

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Way to think inside the box. Check the article on CB home page titled Microsoft adds new encryption support to OneDrive and Sounds pretty innovative to me!

Ok enough buddy. You want innovation?


"What's unique about BlackBerry's security patents is that they use what's called elliptic curve cryptography, which is regarded as more efficient than RSA algorithms for small devices"

"The U.S. government has had a long-standing licensing arrangement with BlackBerry to use elliptic curve cryptography to protect its departments and agencies' data"

You're trying to convince us that the company that he US Government licenses encryption technology from does not know anything more about security then other companies?

Those other companies so called innovations are just catching up to what BlackBerry has been doing all along.

BlackBerry does not need a new weekly "innovation" in security. They have the solid track record, credibility, and decades of experience to prove that they are the most secure. BlackBerry, and QNX have both been trusted for security for decades.

Go play some Pantera and Walk

If ECC applied to BlackBerry devices that would be cool. Certicom holds the patent for ECC and it could be implemented on servers all over the world for cryptographic keys. Unfortunately everyone such as Microsoft is using their own open source ECC because BlackBerry is too scared to sue anyone :(

From your article:

[quote]"BlackBerry is the most secure. That's the only reason why they are still alive," said Steven Kantorowitz, president of CelPro Associates, a BlackBerry partner based in New York. "That's why governments use them and even [President Obama]."[/quote].

That's the point dude.. I shouldn't have to do research. I'm not making a statement, I'm asking for information that others would want to know and BB marketing should be pointing us to. Thanks for posting some useful information.

You have to do research to learn if the other platforms even have security benefits or certifications. Why not do the same for BlackBerry? No one else has a sales pitch on their security that they can stand on and back up with years of experience (at least yet).

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Nobody else comes out and says they're the "gold standard" in security. I'm just looking for some kind of real information to back it up. Something I could take to my CIO and say this is why we need BlackBerry.

Gotcha. You should be able to find all of the various certifications they have in security, including being the 1st and only mobile platform to receive a particular certification from the U.S. government (can't think of it off the top of my head). Maybe it's also on the BlackBerry Fact Check site (which I have yet to explore myself but plan to soon). I'd like to think they have this information there.

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They say they are the gold standard because they are the gold standard. Big international law firms, like the ones referenced in this article, Obama, Merkel, DOD, etc. bear witness to that fact, along with BlackBerry's track record. Until someone refutes that claim, they ARE the gold standard.

If BlackBerry is good enough for the US government, they are good enough for your CIO.

Ask your CIO what other mobile companies have a top level security clearance to carry data classified as top secret on device? There aren't any. Only BlackBerry 10.

The US government even licenses security technology from BlackBerry to keep their data secure.

Is that not 'Gold Standard' enough for you?

I think we will all see it come together in the near future. Marketing has never been one of their strong points but I have positive feelings that Mr. Chen will get things right. He is already moving the company in the right direction.

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Agreed. Chen seems good, hopefully they have some good marketing and new innovations available with BES12 other than just saying it's secure and the gold standard.

I think this is hard. I don't know whether there are independent tests that have been carried out for hacking etc., that BB could link to?

Otherwise, I wonder whether it's a little bit like expecting Fort Knox to explain why their security is so good - once they explain their system/s in a public arena, they become instant targets from hackers, or competitors stealing their ideas....

There actually is an event where companies invite hackers to gather with them and attempt to break into their operating systems. I forgot what is called but, the hackers are timed and, if they break in, they have to reveal how they broke in. This made news on CrackBerry because, back when the Storm was out, BBOS was broken into (after some time) for the first time in a long time and, the vulnerability was thru Webkit - owned by Apple, who, by the way, had iOS hacked into within a few seconds (literally). I wonder if that event still takes place.

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Agreed. It doesn't feel like they are trying to do too much or too little at once. While I think they have room to do more, who knows what's happening behind closed doors. Besides, they are clearly on the path to meeting his goal for when they become profitable again, and I think they will reach this goal early, barring any disasters.

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Actually I like every OS and they all have their advantages but iOS dominates the Enterprise and is very secure so I don't know why BB keeps saying they are still the gold standard without more information backing it up. I have devices across every platform and primarily use a Z10, I think subjectively not like a fan boy.

IOS doesn't dominate enterprise. BlackBerry does. 9/10 global enterprises across the globe use BB10 to manage all devices. Those in the USA are dominated by Good or Mobile Iron using iOS deployments only. Go across the globe and the facts change.

Too often too many ppl and analysts think only of the USA.

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

If you think BB still dominates, you're living in a fantasy world or stuck in the year 2009. They sold ~2 million devices last quarter (mostly in developing markets) in a market that sold 300 million devices over the same time period.

Try a half second of BlackBerry. com
Resources for security:

Innovations to Secure Corporate Communications|

Or here :

Or here:

Enjoy. Lots more there as well, so please if there is something you were looking for that I didn't serve up for you, please feel free to go find it yourself. There are marketing folks who you can chat with room

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

You should work for BB. That eBBM article was good, it provided quantifiable information about their security such as "only secure IM client to use a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library". Just saying you're secure because company xyz uses it or it's "#1" isn't good enough.

The "they" you're referring to that believes that BlackBerry is the "gold standard" with respect to smartphone security includes top management and Chief IT officers at law firms; national, local and state governments, publicly-traded companies, celebrities...

Apple and Google never--ever--came close.

No matter what their marketing department might suggest.

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Stereotyping. Read Chen article last week on Google talking about improving Android security and Chen's rejoinder. Thanks.

Lol you need to read more articles! They will answer your question and get rid of the doubt you have about BlackBerry (how could you have doubt about BlackBerry?!)

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BB10 innovation:
Work Space and Personal Space
BES10 innovation:
EMM - Federated to enable the above!

So where have you been?

Coming straight off of my Z30 on BES10!

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

You know pretty much every EMM solution has a sandboxed work space right? I'm just saying they shouldn't be resting on what they've done in the past. That's what got them into the mess they're in now. In the high tech industry you keep innovating or you get surpassed and fail. VMware/EMC is really pushing AirWatch now, with 95% of companies using VMware already for virtualization and cloud this is becoming an even more competitive space. While most companies do have BES as indicated in countless articles and press releases (BES 10 is needed for BB10 devices), the same companies and organizations have other EMM solutions as well.

Excellent news, nice to hear some good BlackBerry UK based news instead of the usual drivel of negative association!!

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Once again, in the limelight for pure fact, fantastic.

 Z30 ™  Best mobile platform.

I definitely wouldn't state a BlackBerry Press release as being in the "limelight" because the general media will very likely not even mention any of it.

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Great news. Things certainly are looking much better now. Nice to see some UK positives.

"Z30 STA100-2 UK" Get's a Ten from Fen.

What a surprise? Wall Street can put out the lies about BlackBerry every day but they can not fool the people that require security.

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Very good

And really pleased to many companies joining BlackBerry.

But problem is they are still lacking at advertising front. In india Z3 launched on 25 Jun 2014 & people will getting delivery from tomorrow but there are no advertising.

People still thinks blackberry is dying.
People is not aware that BIS not required for BB10.

There still so many things needs to be cleared from general public point of view

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Marketing gets it in the neck constantly, but this is a clever campaign that's being run now. Stabilise the company, stick a hand in the air to tell everyone there's still a heartbeat, and then start pushing the good news stories. It's all part of changing the perception out there about BlackBerry. It's not glamorous or sexy, but it is essential before anything else can be done. If the perception is that they're doomed, marketing has no purpose and no one listens. This kind of thing is as much part of the turn around strategy as anything to do with cutting costs.

+1 I never thought of it that way. After all this time of wondering why they aren't advertising, that's an actual argument I could live with, even though I still say they should advertise. With the negative perception dominating the media, you just have to be clever with how you deliver your message(s). The right campaign can help turn perception around. Just use the facts to back things up.

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But still BlackBerry need advertisement if they need to boost their sales. So that many people know what BlackBerry 10 can do.

Powered by Q10 Philippines :-)

Well but the thing is that advertisment is not exactly cheap and the outcome is not guaranteed. If you havr shit load of money like msft does you can take your chances. But if you struggle financially like BlackBerry does you have to think twice...

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In your country many people are aware of BlackBerry 10 OS? What BlackBerry 10 can do? You need to do something before sell your product, how? ADVERTISE them so that people are aware. BlackBerry doesn't need many advertisement but when did you saw their last advertisement on your TV? Or radio? Or poster? Tell me.

Powered by Q10 Philippines :-)

This is great news. Shame about the consumer side of things in the uk..... but hey..... you can't have it all at once. confidence is the key!

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I hope BlackBerry threw in some charging bundles for all those Z10's and Q10's as a thank you for their ongoing support.

BlackBerry needs to go after the other 26%.

A battle is won the war continues

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It says "law firms, including several of the legal "Magic Circle" have chosen or evaluating BlackBerry solutions".

BlackBerry had to put something out, no matter how weak, to help offset the negative news that UPS dropped BlackBerry.

"Evaluating" is the key. Let's see how many end up with it.

Using a BlackBerry Z10! The "UnDroid"!

Smacked of smoke and mirrors to me. "evaluating". Why the hell not tell the number who have actually deployed? I know why....because the small number would be embarrassing.

Progress is just that, progress. Don't be one of those who kick others while they are down. It can happen to you ya know, what you sow is what you reap remember that. Try being positive for a change.

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Good research.

I think this is one of the first firms to evaluate yet also implement software solution to the handset that their already using: big hand voice recording notes server and app.

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

@ Jojo, I'm still waiting for the 512 bit encryption.

Scratch that...Lets have 1024 bit encryption.

So secure that hackers get hacked off, and try Android, Windows and IOS.

BlackBerry tried to go deep sea diving without a wetsuit and nearly drowned and eaten by sharks of the competition.

Keep monitoring the trends and be prepared.

Ride the technology wave as it begins not when it finishes.

It can't happen again.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!! ©

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Wow dude, take a deep breath. Now think positive thoughts. Why people like you get upset over a company improving and despite being beat down are doing better for themselves? Obviously those important firms know what they need so what's the problem here?

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Kinda wish I bought BlackBerry at $7.20. I don't think it'll ever be that low again. But that's a good thing. Nice to hear a constant stream of good news. It's looking like a true comeback story.

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There's positive, and then there's delusional. Then there's dishonest. This report smacks of the last two. I'd be super supportive and positive if only they told the truth occasionally without all the corporate baloney figure twisting.

That's your opinion. It's obvious that it's not billions, they are doing what's necessary to keep the company alive. And although even if the numbers are small, it's a start. It's been a trend over the net with the Z30 getting good press reviews why because people are actually using it. That's the mission here getting it into people's hands.

What would you do if you were in Mr. Chen 's position. You ever ran a company like that before?

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If I were Chen, I'd be straight forward with the shareholders and investors. I realise that's not the Blackberry way, but you asked the question. One does not need to own the cow to be able to taste the milk.

So, it's just MY opinion that this statement doesn't carry the full weight of truth? They could have also said "100% of UK Accounting Firms are evaluating, testing, using or ignoring BES". That would also be truthful AND just as informative.

This says little about paying customers whom have purchased BES10. I hope there is more revenue coming from these "enthusiastic " customers than simply "deployment " and evaluation.

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The short sellers--who make money betting on a company's failure--must be starting to really whine right now.

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Interestingly, one of the most notorious short sellers of BB stock has raised its floor price to 15 bucks. Expect the shorts to move onto their next victim.

@ 07theking

What's the biggest room in the world?

The room for improvement.....

I'm thinking like Chen. BlackBerry must NEVER EVER be in the position where they have to put themselves up for sale.

Mr Chen will not rest until ALL parts of BlackBerry are firing on all cylinders.

Think like Chen.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!!

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Agreed, I think they are well on their way to doing just that. Mr. Chen looks like he has some good vision for the company to make them grow again.

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Are you selectively heating what Chen has been saying or is last company?

1. He's clearly stated if the price is right he'll SELL BlackBerry part and parcel or the whole shebang! He's consistently maintained this!

2. BBM was the first on this list along with getting it to make them money; eBBM was born!

Previously he got Sybase, a once firmer giant in software industry, to run efficiently, then sold it off to sap!!

You s
Seriously need to research whom you’re placing on a pedestal!!!

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

With all those hackers out there company's realizing BlackBerry is the way into the future

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Great news; hope Blackberry follows up soon with product. The attention now seems to be on other countries, like Indonesia and India, with nothing new released in countries like the UK and the US. And get a Bkackberry tablet out there for customers who want one!

The lawyers are really going to love the passport. The ones that are rocking the Q10 are going to drool over the classic.

The passport may be too big, but it will give them the best of both worlds. They get the screen real-estate of the Z10 and the qwerty keyboard of the Q10. Not sure what industry specific apps come with the phone but I would think there would be some business app for lawyers that run on BB10.

I'm curious. Does anyone know whether any of the phones in the UK phone hacking scandal are BlackBerry?

Excellent news, kids can still use IPHONES while the professionals use #Blackberry. Love my #Q10!

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Please. Stop this kind of rhetoric. You're adding fuel to a fire we don't want.

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I am going to be brutally honest. If I were BlackBerry the last consumer market I would roll anything into would be the USA.

I would work my enterprise strategy in the USA and if the consumer wanted a phone they could get it from the Blackberry store or one of the carriers.

Trying to crack the US consumer market last year almost took the company under. There is more than enough money to be made in Africa and Asia consumer markets.

I purchased my phones and tablet sight unseen from my carrier and the Blackberry store. My wife picked up her iPhone from the retailer both channels worked and we both got what we wanted.

"Security is BlackBerry's core strength! Chen needs to keep pounding this.

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I work for a very large company with employees all over the world. They recently have been switching employees to iOS. Some people still have BlackBerry old version. I was waiting to have our IT add BES10 so I could use bb10 phone. (have a personal Z10). It doesn't look like we will receive BES10 anytime soon. I continued to use bb7.

For over 1 year now the emails I see from company IT almost on a weekly basis all involve e-mail problems security vulnerabilities advice for iPhone users and none for BlackBerry users.

I see BES10 on the horizon in view of the continued frequent advice iOS the new MDM handlers for iPhone

For me that says a lot !

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Action speaks louder than words. Not all those bla, bla, bla, bla. FACT CHECKED! Yup. BlackBerry give them some more. BlackBerry with class!!! Lol

I don't think anybody honestly disputes the level of security of a Blackberry (BES), but the age-old problem remains... getting the phones into the hands of the people and for Blackberry to get rid of the stigma that seems to say "they are on their last leg." I hate when I hear someone bought a new phone and never even consider BlackBerry because in their words, they're a dying company." For John Chen and BlackBerry, that fix is going to take time.

Agree, everyone agrees it's simple and secure. However they all think it's on its last leg, or fuel thoughts that BlackBerry is going to be bought over soon.

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I did not know the POTUS used a BlackBerry! What about Prime Minister Harper?
Inquiring Minds Want To Know! :)

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Would like to know as well. Do know that Angela Merckle uses a BlackBerry 10, with additional software for voice call encryption.

Danish Prime Minister uses a Z10 as was seen at the memorial service of Madiba Nelson Mandela.

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BlackBerry is the Gold Standard.
IOS and Android are swiss cheese. IOS used to be thought of as secure because nobody bothered to hack it. Now, if has been proven to be as bad as Android.
Hell, even Jonathan Geller admits it.
But some people live in a fantasy world...


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Not to be too much of a pedant, but shouldn't it be 'have chosen or are evaluating'?

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Looks like the have a good spin doctor.

74% of the top 31... Why not 50..or a 100?

Out of these 74%, we have no indication of how many are testing the waters. It could be more than half.

Any decider can do the maths, so I don't find this PR very convincing.

And Obama has a modified phone, used on a private network and only for non-restricted conversations... That's not your off the shelf Q10 on Voda with the NSA listening in.

Truly, no other platform as super secured than BlackBerry. To most don't matter, but soon they will realize, that it matters the most..

" Initiated from my QNX10 "

Despite what the press days, blackberry is top dog and the gold standard when it comes to communication and security.

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I would love to get blackberry passport. If looks like a path breaking phone for BlackBerry. Something the world has not seen before. A combination of business and pleasure which has not been experienced ever before. The initial review if keypad itself looks like it has even possibility of reading the mind at every stroke of the key. I am dying to see and explore it's super powers

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BES 10 is pretty darn good. Now BES 12, will blow this b*tch of the rector. Koodles to BlackBerry. I love my Z10 but looking forward to the PASSPORT release.

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Enterprises choose BlackBerry is correct choice. I still don't understand what reasons those companies shift from BlackBerry to Android or iOS. They made all stupid move.

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"If you want high class Security, Choose BlackBerry" / "BlackBerry10 the very fast and most secured mobile OS yet!" :)

These are far from being "magic circle" except Clifford Chance. I have colleagues working there who say that they are considering to drop BB10. Same hold true for the law firm I work for. Which is also a London based international law firm with 3000 lawyers worldwide.

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Major report yesterday clearly stated that iOS is not any more secure than Android. BlackBerry simply does security well and have done so for over a decade. Everyone else is playing catch up.

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