As previously reported
, Verizon wireless had positioned itself to be the ONLY wireless carrier that will still require a corporate email data plan to access RIM's new BESX service. Apparently, the speculation was true. BBLeaks has posted an internal training memo for Verizon Wireless tech support and customer service representatives stating:
"On March 1, 2010, RIM will launch BES Express (BESX), an entry-level version of BES.As with all Corporate email solutions, customers will need a corporate email data plan or feature added to a voice plan to allow access to BESX.
According to some of our Verizon members, they are currently using the BESX service with their existing consumer based data plan. Are you fortunate enough to be one? Tell us your thoughts on yet another Verizon issue.
Note: Customers on the Email and Web for BlackBerry $29.99 data feature MAY NOT utilize BESX.
Overview: BESX replaces BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS) in RIM's product lineup and allows businesses using Microsoft® Exchange or Microsoft Small Business Server to support up to 75 BlackBerry subscribers without having to purchase Client Access Licenses (CAL) or a dedicated server. Additional users can be supported if BESX is installed on a dedicated server. With the launch of BESX, RIM will discontinue the sale of BPS. Verizon Wireless will sell through our remaining BPS inventory and RIM will continue to support this solution for the foreseeable future. Customer Information/Eligibility:
Reference: Information about current pricing options is available in the Verizon Wireless Small Business Guide or on vzw.com. See the BES Express page in InfoManager for more information."
- BESX will be available directly from the RIM website. Customers should be directed there for additional product information.
- BESX will not be available directly from Verizon Wireless.
- As with all Corporate email solutions, customers will need a corporate email data plan or feature added to a voice plan to allow access to BESX