Research in Motion reports that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency will be testing the new BlackBerry 10 platform and smartphones in January.

This represents a valuable second chance for RIM, as ICE had decided to drop the BlackBerry in favour of the iPhone in October 2012, remarking that Apple's iOS is a "more capable and dynamic mobile technology."

Now, ICE will be one of the first government agencies to use the new BB10 solution.

RIM senior vice president Scott Totzke adds: "Along with providing workers with secure access to behind-the-firewall confidential information, BlackBerry 10 can help organizations fully leverage the potential of mobile technology to offer new services, improve service delivery and increase organizational productivity. We look forward to sharing more features of the BlackBerry 10 platform at our global launch event on January 30."

Both RIM's investors and staff are hoping the long-awaited BB10 operating system will lead to a turnaround as the company is now attempting to persuade both corporations and government users to stick with its smartphones.

The new models, including one with a touch screen and the other with a keyboard, will perform more smoothly and with more speed than previous BlackBerry phones, asserts RIM.

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