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| | Re: BIS Connection
BIS is available only to alliance partners. You don't pay for BIS, exactly, but you have to maintain your Alliance status to continue having access, which of course is very difficult for independent developers.
RIM also requires that each individual application be approved before using BIS.
Now, having said all of that, I'm not sure that they really enforce much of this (based on my observations of non-Alliance developers). Of course, they have the right to deny your access to BIS if they see something they don't like.
BIS is not an absolute requirement for independent developers, because you can still use the internet with Direct TCP, WAP, WAP2 or WiFi.