Sprint on board as first carrier to offer BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a carrier-billed application

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion
By Michelle Haag on 18 Oct 2012 04:01 pm EDT
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Sprint has announced today that they will be offering BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a carrier billed application for their customers, simplifying the billing process for business customers and allowing those customers to maintain one solution for all of their employees mobile devices. 

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion provides the flexibility to secure mobile devices in a simple, sensible and seamless way. A variety of policies provide maximum control with minimal impact to the user experience. You can find the full press release below. 

PRESS RELEASE

Sprint Adds BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to its Mobile Device Management Suite
October 18, 2012

New solution joins expanding Sprint Professional Mobility Services portfolio which simplifies device management and security for businesses

Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the addition of BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion to its suite of Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions for businesses.

Sprint is focused on Mobile Device Management solutions to help companies manage and secure devices across all carriers and operating systems so companies can deploy and maintain one solution for all of their mobile devices. Sprint is the first to offer BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a carrier-billed application, which also simplifies the billing process for businesses.

“Businesses need a simple solution to manage and secure the growing variety of devices used in the workplace in order to protect corporate data, establish and enforce use policies, and administer the applications employees use to conduct business efficiently,” said John Dupree, senior vice president of business sales – Sprint. ”Adding BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to our portfolio broadens the options we have available for our customers to meet their varied needs and mobile environments.”

Built on the foundation that has established BlackBerry® Enterprise Server as the gold standard for government and businesses, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion delivers a cost-efficient, secure, reliable and scalable solution that consolidates the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry® OS as well as Android™ and iOS®, and provides a single, unified, Web-based console for easy management of all devices.

“We’re pleased to work with Sprint to enhance the value-added services that help Sprint customers manage, secure and deploy corporate and BYOD devices,” said Richard Piasentin, vice president and managing director for the U.S. at RIM. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion delivers enterprise-grade MDM for all devices within an organization, supports the unique BlackBerry Balance technology in BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets that keeps business information and applications highly secure and separate from personal information, is backed by global support services, and gives IT departments a simple and straightforward upgrade path to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.”

Mobile Device Management solutions are one component of Sprint Professional Mobility Services. This portfolio of enterprise-grade managed services was designed to meet any business customers’ unique needs, from providing a greater level of security and management of devices and applications via Mobile Device Management to handling the complexity of cross-carrier expenses, deployment, lifecycle, policy management and dedicated support with Mobility Management. A recent addition to this portfolio is BYOD Management, which provides companies with a simple turnkey solution to manage the security, administration and shared costs associated with allowing employees to use their preferred device for work purposes to be more productive.

Teaming with trusted, leading companies to deliver these services, Sprint Professional Mobility Services offers multiple options to help solve the challenges of any type and size of organization across a multicarrier environment. More information about all services within the portfolio is available at www.sprint.com/itsecurity.

Sprint Mobile Security and Network leadership
Sprint is committed to comprehensively addressing mobile security for businesses and consumers, and to developing and raising awareness of security and protection solutions. In 2011 Sprint launched the Mobile Security Council  to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses.

Sprint also offers bundled, value-priced mobile security and safety solutions for consumers. Sprint Guardian is a collection of mobile family safety and device security features that provide families relevant tools to help keep their smartphones – and their families -- safe and secure.

In addition, to ensure that demand for connectivity for mobility solutions will be met, Sprint has embarked on a multiyear network initiative, Network Vision, designed to enhance customers’ network experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects to complete the majority of Network Vision by the end of 2013.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Reader comments

Sprint on board as first carrier to offer BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a carrier-billed application

12 Comments

* BlackBerry by choice *
Good deal Sprint to be the 1st to jump on board with RIM on this one. Glad to be with Sprint. Now if they continue to improve their network and be the 1st to pick up BB10 too I'll be an even happier customer. :)

(Unlimited data and BB Bridge is incredible)

must ne the new jap/chinese influence after buying up 70% of sprint lol

overall this is nice to see someone supporting mobile fusion this tech is quite cool cant wait to get to play with it in my VM environments

Good to see an american company jump on board. Even nicer to realize that the entire USA population is not that oblivious to the fact that RIM is not going out of business. I was a little worried that a country that is such a powerhouse to the rest of the world would be that blind! :)

So the MF server will be on their network and pull messages from my Exchange server and then send them to my Playbook?

I think the RIM did the right strategic business decision. The reason is the handsets are losing the business. The handsets need to draw the attention. The Blackberry 10 can being open to the other platforms. The example would be the BBM sending the messages to the Android or the iOS. It would draw the consumers.

- Rezaur Rahman

This gives me hope that Sprint will be onboard with BB10 from the jump. After 5 years and a 5 phone family plan with Sprint, I'll drop'em like a hot rock if they don't get with it.

Maybe with Sprint getting a infusion of investment money from Japan, they will invest in BB10 (and WP8). I see offering Mobile Fusion as a step in the right direction.

SoftBank + the New Sprint will win BIG time. Smart move. Sprint will take over ATT & Verizon in US market.

BB10 will nuke and disrupt the wireless industry.

This is suggnificant as the MDM market is hot as ever and having another partner as large as Sprint is never a bad thing.

BES Admins unite!