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RIM Opens Up BlackBerry 10 Beta Test Program to 120 Selected Customers

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In another huge move from RIM building on their current base we have a new BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for select RIM customers. This program allows companies to beta test BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 along with preproduction BlackBerry 10 devices. They have selected 120 customers for the beta test spanning a variety of industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. Better yet it includes 64 Fortune 500 companies. Check out the announcement below:

BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program Gives Selected Customers Opportunity to Beta Test New Platform

Program Begins Today with More Than 120 Enterprise and Government Customers Enrolled

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 17, 2012) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry(R) 10 Technical Preview program, giving selected enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphones. The "by invitation" program starts today, with more than 120 select customers enrolled that span a variety of industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. The mix includes 64 Fortune 500 companies.

The technical preview program will give organizations early access to RIM’s new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, along with a limited number of pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing within their environment.

"Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government ‘early adopters’ and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform," said Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion. "At RIM, we’ve seen the power of our new enterprise mobility management solution first-hand, and we are thrilled to share BlackBerry 10 directly with these leading organizations."

"We’ve been anxiously waiting to put our hands on BlackBerry 10, and the time has come," said John R. Delano, CIO, Integris Health. "BlackBerry has been a trusted partner for many years, and we’re excited to see what the next generation of BlackBerry solutions offer. We know we can rely on the security and manageability that BlackBerry offers, and we’re looking forward to adding fun to the list of benefits."

Customers will have first-hand experience with features such as BlackBerry(R) Balance(TM), the BlackBerry(R) Hub, the ability to seamlessly flow between core applications, the dedicated enterprise app store and the BlackBerry 10 platform’s secure connectivity to behind the firewall applications and data through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

"Getting devices early into the hands of its best and largest enterprise customers confirms the confidence RIM has in its new BlackBerry 10 platform and is an important step leading-up to its launch," said Kevin Burden, Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics. "Beyond reinforcing its commitment to those loyal to the BlackBerry platform’s future, the program stands to deliver valuable real-world feedback from multiple industries before RIM takes the platform live."

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  1. Security pre-clearence and testing is vital. These L-series need to get into banks, corporations and government ASAP. They are RIMs key base.

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