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Old 06-12-2009, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting some pressure to get some new cell phones for our small company. I want to get Blackberry curves, but I can not seem to get a straight story from the verizon folks, who are mostly just salesmen who will say "yes" to anything. I need to find the least expensive solution for having 6-7 Curves access Our MS Exchange 2003 server. We have static IP. I saw the $3999.00 price tag for a BES server, and laughed. I have heard folks (other admins) tell me they got theirs for free. We are a small company, however there is no less need for security, and features than a large enterprise.
Can someone give me some real world solutions, so I dont have to get Microsoft Mobile devices? I really would like to have Blackberrys, but not if it requires a thousand or more for some server software! There is also no way I can "keep PC's on 24hours" to service the phones... those that want them have laptops and travel.
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Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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Allow people some time to respond.

The best solution is the BES. I believe that you can still get the BPS free for the first user, and then have to purchase additional licenses (CALs) for each user. This would give you wireless sync and the like.

You can also use BIS to access email. It will not be as quick -- possible 15 minute delay -- but it will be free except for the added cost of the monthly data plan. The down side is that syncronizing contacts and calenders is done while connected to the PC and must be initiated by the user. A more reasonable solution if people are often in the office and don't need the constant updates to their calender.
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If you're going to have 30 or fewer users, you don't need full blown BES. You can use the small business version called BlackBerry Professional Software:

BlackBerry - BlackBerry Professional Software

$499 for up to 5 users, $849 for up to 10.

Specifically designed so you don't have to have a separate server box. It can run right on the Exchange server.

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