RIM Intros BlackBerry 10 Ready Program for Enterprise CustomersResearch in Motion (RIM) recently launched a special program for BlackBerry enterprise customers as they prepare their environments for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform, and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform, a new multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution.
It's called the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, and it will be rolled out in a phased approach starting this week.
According to RIM, the program will feature four components. The first two are now available: the BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer and the BlackBerry 10 Ready Webcast Series. The Ready Offer portion grants BlackBerry customers a free BackBerry 10 smartphone if they're customers with BlackBerry Technical Support at the Advantage level or higher.
"Customers will need to install and run BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (which will be succeeded by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10), and successfully complete an exclusive online learning course to qualify," RIM said. "Upon the launch of BlackBerry 10, the organization will receive a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone."
As for the BlackBerry 10 Webcast Series, this will be a weekly event supported in multiple languages and designed to share info, answer questions about RIM's enterprise product portfolio, and prepare enterprise customers with the tools they need ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch.
The next two components of RIM's program, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up and BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services, will be available ahead of the global BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30, 2013. The Trade Up portion allows customers who purchase a BlackBerry 10 smartphone to trade up their existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server licenses on a one for one basis for free, until December 31, 2013.
"The license trade up offer will allow customers to secure and manage their BlackBerry 10 smartphones with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10," RIM said. "Customers will be able to access an online tool for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up in January 2013."
RIM's final component, the BlackBErry 10 Readiness Services, will be a set of services launching in January that provides customers with a smooth migration path to BlackBerry 10. This set includes change management and planning migration tools, and application development services.
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