In a surprising about-face, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it will test-drive Research in Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January, having earlier said that it planned to drop RIM’s platform in favor of iOS.

The pilot program, which will include both RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 handsets and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 enterprise management system, will make ICE one of the first US government agencies to try out the new OS.

“ICE has been a valued BlackBerry customer for years, and our commitment to government agencies has influenced the development of the BlackBerry 10 platform,” RIM senior VP Scott Totzke said in a canned statement on Thursday.

Photo Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided that BlackBerry 10 -- missing above -- may be worth waiting for. Rim.com