60% of Fortune 500 companies using BlackBerry 10

60% of Fortune 500 companies using BlackBerry 10

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of companies in the US-based Fortune 500 are now testing or using the BlackBerry 10 mobile platform, the company has claimed.

The US market is one of the organisation's most important, and one where it has lost a significant amount of ground in recent years, due to the rise of rivals such as Samsung and Apple.

But the release of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones could be set to win back customers previously using devices like Apple's iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy.

Its latest handset, the Q10, features the firm's traditional QWERTY keyboard, and will be its first smartphone to be available on all four of the major networks in the US.

The device is already being sold on the country's T-Mobile platform, while Verizon and AT&T are also taking pre-orders for delivery later in the month.

Rival network Sprint has also said that it plans to begin sales later in the summer.

The Q10 launched in other countries such as Canada and the UK two months ago, but it is the US market that has BlackBerry excited.

There are reportedly high hopes for the Q10's success, and the firm is confident that it can be even more successful than the touch-screen Z10.

Prospects for BlackBerry in the US market will undoubtedly be boosted by the news that 60 per cent of companies in the country's Fortune 500 list, which includes big names such as Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, and General Motors, are now testing or using its products for business purposes.

In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry chief operating officer Kristian Tear said the development would make the firm more attractive to corporate customers.

He said: "Since everybody is migrating toward this, we expect it will definitely create pull for our (smartphone) products.

"There are a lot of very loyal BlackBerry keyboard users out there who have been waiting for this and I think, with the Q10, we will also be able to win back prior BlackBerry customers, who are now trying other platforms."