Blackberry Terms Explained


Some Blackberry users have difficulty understanding some of the more complex Blackberry terms. So this post will try to explain the basics.

BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) – If your Blackberry was company provided you most likely are connected to the company’s BES server. Think of the BES as the central command for all the company’s Blackberry. With a BES your work emails are directly forwarded to you without any setup on the part of the individual. The new BES 4.0 has features that you can automatically wireless sync your emails, contacts, calender, memo and tasks.

MDS (Mobile Data Service) – Allows for internet data transmission like surfing and instant messaging. With OS 4.0 you may not require MDS because it has the feature of full tcp/ip. You will need to setup your Blackberry for full TCP/IP transmission, I will explain this in a later article.

BWC (Blackberry Web Client) – This web page allows individual users that are not on a company BES to redirect their emails to their Blackberrys. You can set up any of the following accounts to be wirelessly extended to your device: Outlook, Notes, MSN, Hotmail, AOL, IMAP or POP3/ISP email. Although not as flexible as a BES it is a do-able substitute.

PIN – This is your personal identification number, something like a serial number for your Blackberry. If you know someone else’s PIN you are able to “PIN-to-PIN” message which sorta works like an instant messanging program like MSN or AIM. Many programs also use the PIN number to based registrations codes on because it is unique to your personal device.

Blackberry Desktop – This is the program that installs on the individual computer. Desktop Managers allows users to be able to manage their Blackberry including changing email signatures, setting up email filters and loading programs to their device.

OTA (Over-The-Air) – Means transmitting wireless over the air. You will hear this term most regarding program installation. Some 3rd party vendors will allow installation of their programs directly to their device via OTA Installation instead of using Desktop Manager to install applications.