Originally Posted by jcoke
Sure, if the device's radio is turned on and has coverage. If I were Dr. Evil with an orphaned BlackBerry in my hand I'd turn the radio off and have a look around.
Which is possible! The commands are queued so that the Blackberry will first attempt to sync email before the kill comes through. I think the KILL is best used in the circumstance of someone misplacing the BlackBerry.
If you're fast, the batteries wont be dead and you'll nuke it before someone picks it up. But most people don't even realize something is missing and even fewer of those people would think "Hey, I should call my BES administrator over in the Nerd Pit - she'd be concerned about the loss of this device."
People complain about having to unlock the password on their BlackBerry?
Remind them that the password doesn't have to be a password. I recommend considering using passwords that are more efficient.
Tell them to pick up the BlackBerry in a different way, upside-down, sideways - something one-handed. Have them compose a one-handed "password" based on just a memorable pattern on the keyboard.
I always do it upside down because I can type very easily one-handed when more of the 'Berry's weight is supported. I use a password that meets a very high password policy one-handed with my eyes away from the device all the time.
I think people often get caught up in the whole "word" part of password.
Using a pattern lets your hands learn it as a pattern - so even if your eyes don't see it, your fingers will.