Blackberry purchases ‘virtual SIM’ startup Movirtu, will bring the technology to iOS and Android

Blackberry has acquired Movirtu, a London-based company that specializes in virtual SIM technology, it announced on Thursday. Originally, Movirtu’s business centered around shared phone service for poor regions in India and Southeast Asia, but Blackberry is likely to use its cloud-based account management technology to improve its enterprise and bring-your-own-device capabilities — so an IT manager could, say, apply policies to a work phone number on a employee’s personal phone. Blackberry intends to deploy Movirtu technology on other smartphone operating systems, including iOS and Android.