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This article was published on October 2, 2013


BlackBerry may be in crisis, but BlackBerry 10 smartphones are now approved for use by NATO

BlackBerry may be in crisis, but BlackBerry 10 smartphones are now approved for use by NATO Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

RIM Reports Second Profitable Quarter After Launch Of BlackBerry Z10 PhoneIn a departure from a slew of negative developments, Canadian smartphone struggler BlackBerry got a dose of good news after its BlackBerry 10 platform gained NATO security clearance.

That means its newest devices can be used by NATO agencies and staff — up to “restricted” level — across 28 countries, in what the company claims is a first for any smartphone.

Deployments with NATO are the type of win that prospect new owner Fairfax will seek as it aims to refocus BlackBerry on its core enterprise audience. But with layoffs, a near-$1 billion loss, a canceled earnings call and publishers/operators yanking support, BlackBerry remains very much in crisis.

➤ BlackBerry 10 Receives NATO Approval for Restricted Communications [BlackBerry]

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