RIM investors more willing than ever to give the company a chance as shares continue to rise
Research in Motion is hoping to get its groove back with the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10, but whether it will work is anybody’s guess.
Research In Motion investors are more willing than ever to give the company a chance. Shares of RIM rose 5% Thursday following news that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will begin a pilot program early next year to test the company’s new smartphones and the operating system.
It’s a strange move but a good one for RIM.
Just two months ago, it seemed that the federal agency was moving away from BlackBerry devices to Apple iPhones. In fact, it said it was ordering more than 17,000 iPhones for its employees, at a cost of more than $2 million.
But it seems ICE isn’t making a decision one way or the other just yet.
ICE spokesman Barbara Gonzalez stated:
“We’re not backing away from BlackBerry or iOS .
We’ve had a long and good relationship with RIM and plan to continue that.”
While some ICE employees are using iPhones, some have continued to use BlackBerry phones as well, she said. And for now, the agency is going to maintain “a set of services”– meaning both options.
While Gonzalez declined to provide details on the pilot program, she said the agency is developing mobile applications for law enforcement agents and exploring how BlackBerry 10 will fit in with the agency’s mobile solutions in the future.