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Old 09-10-2007, 12:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Our company uses BES now and I have a company issued bb. The device is fine, but we use T-Mobile and the coverage is terrible. I have my own Sprint cell service and I'd like to know if I could buy my own bb through sprint and still be able to hook into my corporate email on the bb exchange server software. I know my enterprise activation password as my IT dept has had me reset my tmobile bb several times while traveling. If I just activate my new sprint bb using my corp email and enterprise activation, will I get hooked up?

I'm hoping my IT staff doesn't have to have the esn or something else from my new bb to allow me to send/receive my corp email via push technology.

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All your IT staff needs to know is your Name / email address. They set the activation password and then you type it into your device and activate.

As long as they've done everything proper on their end and you have a BlackBerry Data plan with Sprint you're all set. If you have any problems report back what mail system your company uses.
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I'd also have a thorough chat with your IT department first...

I know that in my company we would frown upon users connecting their own devices (for several reasons including billing and recharge issues when using a personal SIM, warranty/fix issues on "unsupported" devices or networks and so on).
Don't try and connect a sprint BB without total agreement first... else you might be disconnected by your IT department when this "new" device shows up on BES, then told to re-connect the T-Mobile device. In which case you'd have bought a sprint device for no real reason...
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I would think this onus would be on the party adding the account to the BES, no?

I think the one thing to note is that you'll be adding a personal device to a business asset; expect the device to be treated the same as any company purchased BB ... I'd go as far as trying to get the device / plan reimbursed. If you don't ask you'll never know.
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I would think this onus would be on the party adding the account to the BES, no?
Kind of....
In this instance the user has a company issued BB and states above that an enterprise activation username and password has been used several times for troubleshooting. So in theory a user calls up IT and requests their enterprise username + pwd, there is a known history of using this as a reset method, so IT give the password out. Next thing they know, IT see an "unknown" device on BES.
Depending on the IT Policy and AUP of the organisation, it could well be a breach. For example our users are not allowed to connect, or attempt to connect, any device or media to a corporate system where the device or media has not been issued or authorised by IT.

Truth be told, if one of my users requested enterprise activation passwords and did not make it clear it was for a 3rd party owned device, I would report them for breach of security policy...
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I breezed over that one a bit too quick; I agree 100%. If you're company is expecting X and you're planning on doing Y, they gotta sign off on Y.
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Just a note - the Activation password does expire, you won't be able to reuse one after you activate.
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