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More Details About BESX & BlackBerry Shield?

Don't TellWe told you what we had heard from our sources about RIM’s upcoming announcement of BESX for consumers but the team at BBLeaks got some more information that may interest you all. Hopefully this will all get cleared up with an announcement by RIM at MWC tomorrow… Still I tried to highlight the differences of our sources from what BBLeaks detailed below.


  • Different to small BES (BPS) in terms of features and version number (V4.1.6 versus V4.1) (This is also different from the BES 5.0 like features that it is supposed to include according to our sources)
  • Supports a maximum of 30-users  -  same as BPS Express BUT seamless upgrade to BES NOT available (This is different from the 1500 user limit we heard from our sources)
  • Only connects to MS-Exchange
  • Available in English, French, Italian, German, & Spanish languages

BESX Pricing

  • Server provided FREE of cost as a download
  • BIS devices can be connected to Magellan
  • Therefore SME Customer can book the BB-Prosumer Tariff for Enterprise Service
  • Customer has to pay $5 per user per month subscription, on-line, fee via RIM Portal
  • BB Prosumer Service Fee still needs to be paid by MNO to RIM

BlackBerry Shield

A personal security device product that is user administered. BlackBerry Shield will address an existing solution gap in the BlackBerry by offering the ability for BIS wirelessly backup/restore for consumers.

Shield  Features

  • Over the Air calendar and contact Backup/Restore capabilities
  • Remote Kill for device data wipe
  • Shield will maintain carrier engagement as opposed to bypassing them
  • Localization
  • English for V1, FIGS for V2
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  1. Hope you don’t mind if I post this here. It appears that the BerryReview websignal has stopped working for me. Yes, I have rebooted and everything else seems to be working. Am I the only one?

  2. Hhahah… Mine isn’t working either John. This article has much better news than the previous 1. I was getting really worried reading about the 1500 user limit… I think 30 is a good cap.

  3. Now that the details are coming out, I honestly see very little compelling value versus what the likes of SmrtGuard offer. This is looking more like Unite (a service ill conceived) every hour.

  4. Unite was fine for what it was… I used it for awhile and actually liked it. But that was to wirelessly sync your personal outlook calendar and stuff. This is for exchange.

    This though does seem a waste, I guess I shouldnt have expected anything usable from Rim. I mean Active Sync is so hard to implement. I will just continue waiting for AT&T to get the HD2 or maybe an Android phone.

    Thanks for nothing Rim.

  5. Thanks and also thanks for the great articles that this site provides.


    BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is certified for up to “75” BlackBerry smartphone users to be installed and run on the same server that runs Microsoft® Exchange 2003 SP2, 2007 SP1, 2010 or Microsoft® Small Business Server 2003 and 2008. This eliminates the need to purchase additional hardware. “If you require greater than 75 users, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express has the flexibility to be installed on a separate server, supporting up to 2,000 BlackBerry smartphone users.”

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