I'm wondering if he was resold the BES by VZ (A year or two ago, my VZW acct rep was trying to get me to buy it from them.)
That being said, a BES is carrier independant.
At present, I know that I've got users on my BES from at least 6-7 different carriers (long story - don't ask
). There are probably a few others that I'm forgetting to list.
The moral of the story is, just go ahead and do an enterprise activation on the device. If you run into a problem, the most likely cause is the carrier preventing access because they sell a 'personal' service and an 'enterprise' service. I think this is more prevalent with overseas carriers, but a couple of providers on this side of the pond may do it as well. I'm just shocked that nickle & dime you to death VZW doesn't have such a structure in place....