BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-06-2008, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
New Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Model: 7100T
Carrier: None
Posts: 1
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Question Blackberry in Russia

Please Login to Remove!

Can someone please shed some light on the use of BB in Russia? I have read a number of news articles that state "It is a requirement of the law to give unhindered access to electronic communication if and when the FSB requires it" does this mean that the FSB have to have open access to your corporate network and the BES server? Or is it a case if they ask for copies of any messages as part of an investigation that they must be handed over? Any and all information on setting up a corporate BB service in Russia gratefully recieved.Thanks
Old 11-07-2008, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
BBF Moderator
acnst's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Germany
Model: 9700
PIN: not configured
Carrier: T-Mobile
Posts: 1,528
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

No, it means that you only can use BIS service with the Russian mobile carriers. Because with BIS there is no encryption on the BB traffic. If you want to use BES in Russia, you will require foreign SIM cards and BES. This is currently the only way it will work. I know many companies that provide their Russian users BB and BES service in this way.
Deutsches Blackberry Forum - visit

for Microsoft Exchange

Old 11-07-2008, 05:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Waterloo
Model: 9700
Carrier: Robbers
Posts: 134
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

i was surprised that after spending 9 days in Moscow and St Petersburg, I did not see a single blackberry.
Old 11-07-2008, 03:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Moscow, Russia
Model: 8100
PIN: From my Visa or MC?
Carrier: MTS-RUS
Posts: 62
Post Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Maybe you were at the wrong time and at the wrong place?
IMHO, most of BlackBerrys in Russia are in private use, and they are "grey" (I mean not certified by Rostest an others at all).
Old 11-27-2008, 12:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
New Member
MarcDavidMiller's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New York/Moscow
Model: 8820
OS: 4.5.xx
Carrier: TMobile
Posts: 6
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

We generally recommend that our clients use BIS and a foreign SIM card in Russia. Our legal advisers said that by using BES people would be in violation of Russian law, although we haven't heard of anyone being stopped in the last few years.

One of my colleagues was fined in 1999, just for using a foreign mobile phone, not even a Blackberry; since then the laws have allowed foreign mobile phones but there is considerable ambiguity concerning the regulation (and consequent enforcement) regarding data services.

If anyone has some clarification on this topic that would be great to share this information.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

1pc Panasonic drive MSD021P2EA
 1pc Panasonic drive MSD021P2EA pictureYASKAWA SGDA-01AS SERVO PACK
YASKAWA SGDA-01AS SERVO PACK picture1pcs NEW Mitsubishi servo motor HF-SP102 in box
1pcs NEW Mitsubishi servo motor HF-SP102 in box pictureLF Amplifier 9KHz - 450MHz RF 36dB 16dBm AVANTEK SD8-0521M
LF Amplifier 9KHz - 450MHz RF 36dB 16dBm AVANTEK SD8-0521M picture1pc Panasonic servo drive MUDS083A1A 750W
1pc Panasonic servo drive MUDS083A1A 750W picture

Copyright 2004-2016
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.