BlackBerry to land in Russia

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RIM has finally secured a toehold in Russia after a lot of wrangling with The Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB. The FSB has been resistant to allowing the phones into Russia without first getting access to the codes RIM uses to encrypt data. An unidentified source told a Russian newspaper that RIM had refused to hand over the codes, so it’s unclear exactly what compromise was made. Regardless, Russian telecom Mobile TeleSystems will be importing 7,800 handsets, and another company, VimpelCom, will be importing an undisclosed amount. It wasn’t mentioned which specific model would be imported, but when this first came up last November it was supposed to be a BlackBerry 8700.

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