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Verizon To Make Customers With BES Express Upgrade Their Data Plans

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12 March 2010 One Comment

The whole idea behind BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is that if you have any BIS plan on your BlackBerry, you’ll be able to use it.  Verizon seems unhappy with BESX and have decided to force users who user BESX to upgrade their data plans to the corporate rate.  I couldn’t imagine RIM approving of this at all, and I sense some dispute will be occurring over this.  Hit the jump to check out the official memo from Verizon.

RIM pointed out the exact requirements of having BESX upon launching it.  First is a BlackBerry smartphone.  The obvious requirement to get BESX of course.  Second and lastly is a BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) data plan which racks up to about $30 a month in the United States.  Higher data plans range at $45 or so, but that’s for BlackBerry users getting some BES on.  The huge question is, will Verizon make a data plan separate from BIS and BES, just for BESX users?  Below is the leaked memo passed on through Verizon:

On March 1, 2010, RIM will launch BES Express (BESX), an entry-level version of BES.As with all Corporate email solutions, customers will need a corporate email data plan or feature added to a voice plan to allow access to BESX.

Note: Customers on the Email and Web for BlackBerry $29.99 data feature MAY NOT utilize BESX.

Overview:

BESX replaces BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS) in RIM’s product lineup and allows businesses using Microsoft® Exchange or Microsoft Small Business Server to support up to 75 BlackBerry subscribers without having to purchase Client Access Licenses (CAL) or a dedicated server. Additional users can be supported if BESX is installed on a dedicated server.

With the launch of BESX, RIM will discontinue the sale of BPS. Verizon Wireless will sell through our remaining BPS inventory and RIM will continue to support this solution for the foreseeable future.

Customer Information/Eligibility:

  • BESX will be available directly from the RIM website. Customers should be directed there for additional product information.
  • BESX will not be available directly from Verizon Wireless.
  • As with all Corporate email solutions, customers will need a corporate email data plan or feature added to a voice plan to allow access to BESX

Reference: Information about current pricing options is available in the Verizon Wireless Small Business Guide or on vzw.com.

See the BES Express page in InfoManager for more information.

Honestly, this has me shocked.  Finally a beneficial business solution for BIS users (that’s free) and someone has to object against it.  What would you do as a Verizon customer?

-by Mac Jadalhack

Source: BlackBerry Cool

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