Thanks for the update Jon, I believe the information that you have provided certainly is going to help expedite matters with our decision on using the BB for our application.
Spending thousands of dollars on a "BES" isnt quite the option we are looking for as we tailor projects for customers who dont quite need the whizz bang capabilities of the BES. I Suppose the BES would work well for huge organisations with hundreds of BB's, but not for your typical small PLC network where operators only have a couple of these things.
We were quite happy when O/S ver.4 came out for the BB as we thought we could get rid of the BES altogether but now we are stuck with this wall in front of our faces with the VPN support.
Cheers for all the help and advice guys! All the best with your dev work on the BB's