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The RIM BlackBerry is a personal wireless handheld device that supports e-mail, mobile phone capabilities, text messaging, web browsing, and other wireless information services. It is most commonly utilized for business purposes.


The BlackBerry was first introduced in 1999 by a company called Research In Motion (RIM).

Operating System

The BlackBerry OS provides easy access to applications such as e-mail, to do list, memos, address book, and many other features. With the newer operating systems 4.1 and later, composing messages are much more convenient by providing auto text.


  • 6200 Series
  • 6500 Series
  • 6700 Series
  • 7100 Series
  • 7130 Series
  • 7200 Series
  • 7700 Series
  • 7500 Series
  • 7700 Series
  • 8100 Series
  • 8300 Series
  • 8700 Series
  • 8800 Series
  • BlackBerry Storm
  • BlackBerry Bold
  • BlackBerry Pearl
  • BlackBerry Curve


Forensics on the RIM platform is complicated by the fact that this is a "push" device --- the RIM server will push device to the PDA whenever the PDA's radio is on and there is data available.

RIM devices also feature a remote self-destruct feature. This feature cannot be activated if the radio is turned off, of course.

Both of these features mean that you need to be sure that the radio is off when doing a forensic investigation.

Depending on the setting, entering a wrong password a certain number of times will wipe the device.