BlackBerry “Enterprise Activation” App Enables Wireless BES Activation on Personal Data Plans
A new, free app lets BlackBerry admins wirelessly connect employees' personal smartphones to some versions of BES.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Research In Motion (RIM) today launched a brand new application for BlackBerry smartphones that should make it easier for some BlackBerry administrators to connect new smartphone users to corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES).
Both BES Express for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino, and MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition, are slimmed down, “light-weight” versions of RIM’s full BES, and they’re meant for use within small- or medium-sized businesses.
The new BlackBerry Enterprise Activation app lets corporate employees with personal BlackBerry devices—and personal, or BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) data plans—wirelessly connect to BES Express or the new MDaemon Messaging Server.
BES Express and the MDaemon offering are designed for use with personal data plans, so organizations can allow employees with their own BlackBerrys to connect to corporate resources. But, to date, wireless carriers have made it difficult or impossible to wirelessly activate these devices without shelling out monthly fees for enterprise data plans.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Activation app should resolve this issue for many Blackberry administrators.
Technical requirements include BlackBerry OS 5.0 or higher, a “compatible personal BlackBerry data plan,” a compatible version of either BES Express of MDaemon Messaging Server, and a supported BlackBerry smartphone.
The majority of new-ish BlackBerry devices appear to be supported; however, the BlackBerry 9780, my personal favorite currently available RIM handheld, is strangely absent from the supported-devices lists, though the omission could simply be a mistake.
RIM says you can find more information on how to activate personal BlackBerrys on BES at BlackBerry.com/go/supportexpress by searching for a document called “BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express 5.0 SP2 – Activating Devices That Are Associated with the BlackBerry Internet Service Over the Wireless Network,” but I was unable to find that specific page.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.