Tag Archive for 'SMB'

Bell running small business makeover contest (BlackBerry Bytes)


Bell is holding a Small Business Makeover Contest worth $33,000 in sweet business schwag, including some BlackBerry Curve 8330s (GPS functionality unknown at this time). All you have to do is convince Bell as to why your business needs a makeover in 250 words or less. View full prize and registration details after the jump.

Bell Small Business Makeover Contest Details

BlackBerry Unite! available internationally


Previously available in only North America, BlackBerry Unite! has now been localized for all around the globe. Central American, Italian, German, French, Asia Pacific and Spanish versions of the software is available for small groups of up to 5 to share media, contacts, and take care of management tasks. There are plenty of small and medium businesses out there that could use some extra functionality from their BlackBerrys, and when the software is free, it’s hard to go wrong.

(BlackBerry Support Community Forums via BerryReview)

Download sites for BlackBerry Unite! behind the jump…

Attention SMBs: Get a free BES with 15 Rogers BlackBerry Subscriptions (’Cool Deals)


Take it from the BlackBerry Cool team: it is tough running a small to medium-sized business on a tight budget (well, at least it was until we found gold deposits in our Fortress of Solitude), so you have to constantly be on vigil for cool deals. Thankfully, Rogers has been running a promotion since June 1st that gives your business a free BES with 15 new BlackBerry activations. In addition, there is also a deal providing a BlackBerry Professional Software Bundle for 5-9 new activations

The promotion ends August 31st, so make sure to act soon. Check out the detailed Eligability/Restrictions list after the jump, or head here for more info:

Thanks for the tip, Fake Ted Rogers!

Click Here to see Roger’s BES Promotion restrictions

BlackBerry Unite! updated for rich e-mail


BlackBerry Unite! has released what they’re calling MR2, which is an automatic update for Unite! users enabling some fresh features like rich content e-mail, one-click policy resets, the ability to restrict file transfers and change e-mail polling intervals. If you haven’t checked it out, BlackBerry Unite! is free server software for small groups up to five people. If you’re already using it, just reactivate your BlackBerry, and you should be good to enjoy the new features.

(via BerryReview)

Cortado Corporate Professional Server (audio)


This week we had the chance to talk with Cortado’s Henning Volkmer and Roger Guerrero about their recently-launched Corporate Server software for small and medium companies, branching to a lot of interesting topics, like the the continuing importance of printing documents (even in the digital age), dreams of leaving every laptop behind, the particular needs of SMBs and their partnership with DataViz. Take a listen to our interview with Cortado, also available on MP3.

Excerpt and interview behind the jump!

The Smartphone Challenge FAQ (audio included!)


The Smartphone Challenge is bringing a busload full of decked-out BlackBerry to small and medium businesses around Texas. The company in question gets these devices with free airtime, apps, and service for two weeks, after which the Smartphone Challenge tries to take the BlackBerrys back. To date, they haven’t been able to wrestle the handsets from the fevered grasp of these SMBs, but the Smartphone Challenge continues to dare companies to put away a BlackBerry after they’ve spent some quality time with it. The big thing is education - supporting new users and smoothing the learning curve is absolutely essential to increasing adoption.

Here’s everything your company needs to know about the Smartphone Challenge.

Q&A with Smartphone Challenge plus audio behind the jump!

BlackBerry Unite! available to North America


Bell launched BlackBerry Unite! back in May, but just recently RIM has begun hosting version 1.1 independently. I don’t think the fact that Bell was hosting Unite! really stopped anyone from giving it a shot, considering there were plenty of other channels to get it outside of the download site, but in case that was an issue for you, you can now head on over to RIM’s BlackBerry Unite! homepage, and get started. Unite! is a free software package that gives small groups of up to 5 BlackBerrys contact, calendar, and media sharing utilities, along with security controls. I was having issues getting the thing set up originally, but maybe it’s time for another go…

Vodafone Australia to offer unified communications


Vodafone, Cisco and RIM are partnering up to bring a unified communications solution called Vodafone Business One for small and medium businesses sometime later this year. In short, this service will allow your your mobile and landline to share a number and voicemail box, as well as enabling enterprise UMA calling for Wi-Fi calls while you’re in the office area. Solutions like this already exist, but it’s cool to see RIM getting directly involved with one. Who knows? In the long run, maybe fixed-mobile convergence will be just another one of RIM’s base services. I guess that would be their Mobile Voice System. For more info, and one helluva flash site, head on over to Vodafone Business One.

Telus launches voice-based Outlook access


TelusNow here’s an interesting service. Telus just announced Outlook Voice Access for their hosted Exchange server, which lets users dictate, listen and forward e-mails through their BlackBerry, as well as a bunch of other web-based Outlooky options, like access agendas, documents and contacts. Hosted Exchange is a fine option for SMBs, and this new Outlook Voice Access is some fine icing on the cake. You’re looking at $14/month for the professional plan, plus another $10/month for BlackBerry syncing, but there are a few other BlackBerry voice services through Telus that might be worth looking into. For more details, head on over here.

AT&T offers BlackBerry Professional Software


Never one to be out-done, AT&T is now offering BlackBerry Professional Software as part of a series of new deals for small business owners. The software comes with the usual array of synchronization and security features, and has recently gotten a small price drop. $499 will buy you a 5-user license and $849 will snag you a 10-user license, up to a maximum of 30 users. You can hit up AT&T at 1-888-296-4561 or via their small business website to get started.