1. guerllamo7's Avatar
    Just curious, if a small company with say 100 people provided a BlackBerry smartphone to all 100 people using BES or something like it, would it be cheaper than if the company just got 100 smartphones?
    I'm talking total cost, device and monthly service fee from say Verizon.
    03-19-12 05:45 PM
  2. kill_9's Avatar
    For the sake of argument let us consider BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Microsoft Exchange which is free and can be downloaded from the Blackberry website. The first question to ask yourself is "Will your Blackberry smartphone users have their email on a Microsoft Exchange server or on a hosted POP/IMAP service or using Microsoft Office 365 Professional Subscription?" The cost of BES provisioning versus BIS provisioning is a non-issue with BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Microsoft Exchange because all that is needed is a BIS data plan to activate against the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Microsoft Exchange. BIS is generally CAD/USD15.00 cheaper per month than BES. The same applies to Microsoft Office 365 with BlackBerry Cloud Services though Microsoft Office 365 requires an additional subscription fee on top of the BIS data plan, but you pay the subscription fee to Microsoft so do not whine about Research In Motion ripping you off. If you go with everyone having their own Blackberry smartphone and using hosted email, either Microsoft Exchange or generic POP/IMAP via GMail/Yhaoo/HoTMaiL/etc., you can manage those devices using the free of cost BlackBerry Management Center, a web portal. In the end it depends on the requirements of your organization. There are a lot of variables to consider. Hope this helps you in making the right decision for your organization.
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    03-19-12 08:22 PM
  3. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    That completely depends on how smart the company is. and what options are available from the carrier.

    IF you are able to purchase a package of shared data and that shared data package is cheaper than all phones having singular data, with a BES installation one could take advantage of the compression, and controls to minimize non company data usage, and have a limited data flow 100 phones sharing 40GB would be more than sufficient with BES restrictions preventing streaming services.

    But Ultimately it depends on your needs, if as an Employer you don't have the needs for a mobile device management system, and you don't care what your employees are doing with their phones, then a BES is probably not for you, and you could negotiate a better price for a fleet of mid range Android phones

    I've helped a few small company's of sub 25 people move from the BYOD method to company controlled BlackBerry's with BESX, and those employers saw measurable productivity improvements, and faster response times because of the controls held over the phones, the Employee's most often didn't like losing their partial phone bill payment, but out of 3 company's approximately 70 staff, only 2 left because of the new phone restrictions.

    Being Canadian and having shared data plans, one company of 20 people are sharing a 6GB data plan, and 5000 minutes, with Free calling between plan members, and they have enjoyed a dramatic drop in cost over the BYOD program.
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    03-20-12 12:11 AM
  4. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Because of a professional group we belong to, we get in the VZW group discount deal with a 22% discount on service and also a $20 smartphone unlimited plan that can be used by both BBs and iPhones, so there's not much difference there. But the iPhones do tend to be more expensive with original cost, accessories like cases and extra chargers that don't seem to be needed as much by the BB users and texting charges. That's my experience. We've also seen lost and stolen devices go up with the iphones.
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    03-20-12 12:31 AM