DoD approves BlackBerry NFC phones

The US Department of Defense has added a number of BlackBerry 7 smartphones to the US Army and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)’s approved product list.

US Department of Defense

The move allows all DoD customers to use the approved mobile phones, including the NFC-enabled BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and the BlackBerry Curve 9360, on DoD networks.

“The army introduced a wide range of new apps and capabilities for their BlackBerry users last year, and these new BlackBerry 7 smartphones will now enable army users, and all DoD users, to experience an even greater level of performance on new smartphones that include features such as voice activated universal search, near field communications, augmented reality, and Social Feeds 2.0 just to name a few,” says Scott Totzke, SVP for RIM’s BlackBerry security group.

“RIM’s unwavering focus on security and RIM’s achievement of key security certifications including FIPS 140-2 validation and Common Criteria EAL4+ accreditation continue to be very important to many of our DoD and enterprise customers, but leveraging the full power of BlackBerry smartphones is also important as it helps them realize the full potential of their investment in the BlackBerry platform,” he adds.

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