UK fixed-line operator Thus Group Plc is making an entry into mobile services by offering BlackBerry-based push email and mobile data applications to their customers. Thus will offer a bundle first to their Demon ISP customers (usually small to medium-sized enterprises) and then extend the offer to all Thus customers if response is strong. The bundle will include broadband, leased line and hosted Exchange, as well as a hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server for push mobile devices.
“Most of Demon’s customers are POP3 users, but what if they want to go for Exchange without the cost of an email server of their own?” he said. “We’ll offer them hosted Exchange, plus a BES behind it for push to mobile devices.”