As RIM prepares to unveil its BlackBerry 10 superphones later this month, they have said more than 1,600 North American businesses have registered for a training program for the new handsets and software. Bryan Lee, RIM’s senior director of enterprise accounts reported that of the registered customers, more than 1,000 have already begun using the BlackBerry 10 Ready program since it was introduced in early Decemgber.

The customers include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, schools, universities, retailers and government agencies, he said.

“We’re very encouraged by the participation of the types of customers,” Lee said in a phone interview. The companies are expected to be the first adopters once the phones are commercially available, he said.

While the launch event is on the 30th of this month, the new devices will only be on sale in February and March. One of the goals of the training is to integrate the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software that RIM offers to corporate clients with their own information-technology systems. RIM said in its 2012 annual report that it had more than 250,000 BlackBerry Enterprise servers deployed around the world.

Source: Bloomberg