Qtel deploys BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for small and medium businesses in Qatar


Aspiring telecommunications operator Qtel introduced the BlackBerry smartphone to Qatar in 2008 and was committed to take the lead in the country by introducing new models and exciting new services to the market. Today, Qtel is only fulfilling its promise by launching what it calls the BlackBerry Business Express.

Press Release: RIM Announces Free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Software for IBM Lotus Domino


BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Lotus Domino

Never forgetting their enterprise roots and further bolstering their dominance in the business space, RIM has just announced a new offering to their Free BlackBerry Enterpise Server Express service with support for IBM Lotus Domino.

Press Release

RIM Announces Free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Software for IBM Lotus Domino

Wirelessly Synchronizes BlackBerry Smartphones with Lotus Email, Calendar, Contacts and More; Works with Business and Personal Data Plans

Waterloo, ON. - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM) announced today BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express for IBM Lotus Domino - free server software that wirelessly synchronizes email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks between BlackBerry® smartphones and IBM Lotus Domino without compromising security. The software is available today here.

Google Apps Connector v3.0 - Now supporting BES Express

Google Apps Connector

Are you a Google Apps Connector user? If so, you'll be pleased as punch to know that Google has updated Google Apps Connector to version 3.0. With the update in versions comes a lot of needed additions as well. One of the key updates was the addition of BESX. Although, the full list has many others:

BES Express updated today



At long last RIM has announced the first update to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express. This is a product they announced and launched at Mobile World Congress back in January, simply it's BES for the rest of us. Most small and medium businesses were scared of BES because of high upfront cost and each new BlackBerry added a new CAL cost so BESx rode to the rescue with its attractive price tag of FREE. For a more detailed explanation of BES and BESx see previous article.

Today is the first update to this product. And it's good to see updates for this exciting product as it reinforces that they are committed to BESx. Many of the upgrades are features that were included in the Service Pack 2 upgrade to BES last month.

BESx vs BES - Some Simple Questions Answered to Clear Things Up



You know the old saying, nothing in life is free. Well in the case of Blackberry Enterprise Server Express, it is actually is free. RIM introduced this version of BES at World Mobile Congress back in February. Up to than the BES was several thousand dollars to purchase. Plus the additional cost of client access licences (CALs).

For many organizations the cost of CALs was a big barrier for Blackberry deployments. I have encountered it many times in my years selling the Blackberry solution. Quite often they will opt for a Windows Mobile or iPhone solution because they don't require additional CALS

Now with BESx a Blackberry Enterprise solution is priced the same as a Windows Mobile solution. To find out what exactly a Blackberry Enterprise Server is visit my previous article.

What is a Blackberry Enterprise Server? Do I need one?



Before we answer the second question, do I need one; let's look at what is a BES and how it works. First the BES is software; Research in Motion does not sell server boxes. In fact many businesses are installing the BES in a virtual server in order to reduce the number of physical server boxes. I've always thought that calling it a "server" was not a good idea; to me it brings up metal images of a new blade for the rack.

So why do companies buy a BES? The quick answer is security and control. The BES offers mind blowing control through 450+ IT policies that can be applied to all or selected handhelds in the corporate environment. Some of the policies control SMS, passwords, PIN to PIN, 3rd party apps & remote wipe.

Verizon Customers Forced To Update Data Plans (from BIS to BES) For BESX Usage

Verizon Customers Forced To Update Data Plans For BESX Usage

One of the most compelling features of BESX has been kicked to the curb for Verizon users. When Research In Motion released BESX, they clearly made note of the fact BES data plans would not be needed. I'm guessing Verizon skipped over that memo as it's now been confirmed that Verizon is going after the cash grab and forcing users to upgrade their BIS plans to a BES plan in order to use BESX. It all seems pretty shady on Verizons part if you ask me. You can read the full memo sent out to tech support reps after the jump.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Now Available For Download!

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Now Available

BoxTone Certified for Use with BES Express



More "BESX" And BlackBerry Shield Details Emerge

More "BESX" And BlackBerry Shield Details Emerge
*UPDATE- Press release has hit. Some of the details were on par, others were not*