That is REALLY expensive. I have been involved in getting a small company up and running, and we all use 7230's from T-Mobile. There are 5 professionals in the organization, and we hope to grow to 10 or so over the next few years. While I really like the flexibility of managing my own BES, there is almost no way to justify this cost. I can have Mailstreet host our Exchange Srever, and provide Blackberry support for $50 per month. It would take 5 years to justify the price of the license alone, to say nothing of the dedicated server. And then I have to deal with upgrades, tech support, etc. This information just points out how good a deal Mailstreet (and the other hosted BES services) really offers. I second that opinion Guess: YIKES!!!
I saw a reseller selling a Small Business BES for something like $599 USD for five users or something. Can't remember exact price, but I've seen mid-$500's bandied about. You can get additional users for something like $249 per user for this one.
It's pretty expensive, but if you have several users, and already have an Exchange infrastructure, then it becomes cheaper than a full year of Mailstreet;
Mailstreet = $23 per user per month = $276 per year PER user
(a little over $300 for first year, including setup fees)
So a BES is still a good deal if you're in it for the long term AND you have existing email infrastructure such as Exchange!
Ouch. Mailstreet is a lot less painless then because setting up a properly-working Exchange infrastructure is not for the faint of heart except for the experienced sysadmin. At the very least, it gives you plenty of time to roll out your infrastructure later -- especially if the prices go down or you get a good price on a BES. Sometimes a reseller has a sale on BES.