FAQ: Comparison Matrix Of BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions

I was just forwarded a great link on the BlackBerry website that breaks down the features of each different BlackBerry email solution. The features are displayed in an easy to digest chart that I found very useful. I know I have received quite a few questions about the differences between BES and BlackBerry Professional Software so this might help. You can see the original at this link:

  BlackBerry Professional Software BlackBerry Enterprise Server BlackBerry Internet Service Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Email Platforms Supported Microsoft® Exchange®, IBM® Lotus® Domino® Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise POP3, IMAP n/a
Includes support for Enterprise Instant Messaging* No Yes No Yes
Includes support for BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications No Yes n/a Yes
Pre-install Tool Yes No n/a n/a
Sized to run on email server Yes No – separate server required n/a n/a
Includes free Installation Support Yes Yes n/a Yes
Pricing** ($US) $499 MSRP for 5 users, or $849 MSRP for 10 users $3,999 n/a Ask your service provider
Client Access Licenses (CALs) included 5 or 10 20 n/a n/a
CAL limit 30 2,000 n/a None
Pricing** to purchase more CALs ($US) 1 CAL – $99
5 CAL – $429
10 CAL – $699
1 CAL – $99
5 CAL – $429
10 CAL – $699
50 CAL – $3,299
Larger CAL packs available. Call 1-800-327-9085
for pricing.
n/a Ask your service provide

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