I am loving RIM right now. DavidH let me know that RIM has just released a free Enterprise Activation app in App World. This app allows “activation of BlackBerry® smartphones for use with BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express or MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition over the wireless network using most personal BlackBerry data plans.” In other words it allows you to activate a device wirelessly with a BIS plan. Something that was previously limited to only BES plans from your carrier.
I know that RIM has been pissed for awhile that carriers were tacking on a $10-15 surcharge on BES plans and made enterprise activation impossible on these cheaper BES solutions. RIM has done a royal run around the carriers on this one and now you can activate wirelessly without a BES data plan. The only catch is that it is only available for a set number of device models.
You can check out the Enterprise Activation app now in App World here
Here is how RIM describes the app:
The free Enterprise Activation application download enables activation of BlackBerry® smartphones for use with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express or MDaemon® Messaging Server, BlackBerry® Edition over the wireless network using most personal BlackBerry data plans.
The application is designed to give users access to advanced functionality in a few easy steps and to help make it easier for administrators to set up BlackBerry smartphones on an organization’s email servers.
It helps connect users with their organization’s email server quickly for access to wireless synchronization of email, calendar, contacts and more.
It also makes it easier for individuals who have acquired BlackBerry smartphones for personal use to use the same smartphone for business purposes quickly by enabling activation and synchronization without needing to connect to a computer.
The Enterprise Activation application requires:
• A BlackBerry® smartphone running BlackBerry® Device Software version 5.0 or later
• A compatible personal BlackBerry® data plan
• An enterprise activation password provided by an administrator
• A supported version of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express or MDaemon® Messaging Server, BlackBerry® Edition
For support, visit blackberry.com/go/supportexpress to review the document ‘BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express 5.0 SP2 – Activating Devices That Are Associated with the BlackBerry Internet Service Over the Wireless Network.PDF’
Currently it only supports these devices: