The Office 365 Blog broke some very exciting news for Microsoft Online Services customers. BlackBerry mobile BES support is now free through BPOS!
Allen Filush says that "We're in the process of updating pricing for Hosted BlackBerry Service for Exchange Online to make this service available free of charge. Starting today, BlackBerry mobile e-mail for new Exchange Online customers is now free through our BPOS. For existing customers, we expect to be able to provide more information later this month on how you can take advantage of this change."
In addition, Hosted BB service will be available for free with Office 365 after it launches later this year.
RIM will introduce a new BB cloud-based service later this year. The service will be hosted, licensed and supported by RIM who've committed to offer their new BB cloud based service for EO starting at $0 per user p/m.
- Lower Costs. Hosted BES is free; we're cutting the price for new and renewing BPOS customers to $0 starting now. So, with the cost of your regular wireless bill, connecting your phone to BPOS or Office 365 will be free - whether you've a Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia E Series or any other phone with Exchange ActiveSync.
- More Capabilities. RIM's BB cloud based service will provide more of the latest BES capabilities to MOS customers. In addition, we're confident that this approach will give MOS customers the best BB service possible directly from the company responsible for BB technology.
- Holistic Experience - from service to support to the admin console. To get BB cloud based service in the future with Office 365, customers will be able to simply indicate their service need in the Microsoft portal, and a seamless single sign on to our partner's portal will provide access to manage their devices.
- BB service will be available with Office 365 for enterprises with our multi-tenant service. Because of the unique requirements of customers using dedicated infrastructure, we'll continue to provide hosted BB service for them in the future.