Sprint expands portfolio with BES12, BBM Protected, BBM Meetings and BlackBerry Blend
BARCELONA, SPAIN–(Marketwired – March 2, 2015) – MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced that Sprint is now offering BES12™, a cross-platform EMM solution that securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms. Sprint is also offering BBM™ Meetings, BBM™ Protected and BlackBerry® Blend to its enterprise customers.
“Our agreement with BlackBerry brings an advanced, secure product portfolio to our enterprise customers to help them increase productivity in their organizations while remaining secure,” said Wayne Ward, Vice President, Product & Business Development at Sprint. “It’s a priority for us to make our enterprise product and services portfolio more robust, and to make value-added service options available to our customers. BlackBerry helps us achieve this goal.”
BES12 is the foundation of BlackBerry’s extensive portfolio of enterprise security, productivity, and communication and collaboration services that helps organizations securely connect employees with each other, corporate information and the machines that are required to get their jobs done. The BES12 platform seamlessly supports iOS, Android™, Windows Phone®, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS.
BES12 simplifies the task of mobilizing an organization by providing a single command and control center for managing the availability and usage of devices, apps, activities and mission-critical data. With expanded EMM capabilities, BES12 can manage any mobile device usage model such as BYOD, COPE and COBO, and leverages BlackBerry’s trusted global infrastructure.
The BlackBerry enterprise solutions and services that Sprint is now offering include:
• BES12: provides end-to-end platform-level security that keeps an organization’s data safe and secure while in transit and at rest. BES12 also leverages advanced encryption, containerization, application wrapping and BlackBerry’s secure global network infrastructure.
• BlackBerry Blend: part of BlackBerry’s EMM offerings for enterprise, making it possible for employees to maximize their productivity by securely accessing personal and work data from their BlackBerry smartphone to a desktop or tablet. With Blend, employees can get instant message notifications, read and respond to work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access work documents, calendar, contacts and media in real-time on whatever device they are on, powered by their BlackBerry device. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, and revolutionizes IT administration by shifting from managing devices to securely managing information movement, thereby reducing the need for VPN and ultimately lowering total cost of ownership.
• BBM Meetings: provides a mobile-first collaboration app that allows voice and video conferences for groups of up to 25 people on BlackBerry 10 or Android smartphones, and also on Windows PC or Mac. The solution is specifically built to enhance the productivity of the mobile professional through the use of such features as Auto Join.
• BBM Protected: provides enterprise-grade encryption for BBM messages between iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. BBM Protected allows employees to take full advantage of BlackBerry’s premiere messaging app, BBM, with an added layer of security that’s built for business. BBM Meetings, meanwhile, makes mobile collaboration as seamless as it would be in person, with no need to worry about complex scheduling apps, PINs, Passwords, or meeting IDs.
“We’re pleased to work with Sprint to help give our customers increased flexibility and more options for access to BlackBerry’s cross-platform enterprise solutions,” said John Sims, President, Global Sales, BlackBerry. “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Sprint, who shares our commitment to secure mobility which is why we’re offering their customers an easy way to adopt BES12 and other new value-added services such as BBM Meetings, BBM Protected and BlackBerry Blend.”
By extending BlackBerry’s agreement with Sprint, customers will benefit from the industry leading EMM, messaging and security capabilities used by all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, ten out of ten of the largest global banks and global law firms, and the top five largest managed healthcare, investment services, and oil and gas companies.
The BES12 software, BBM Meetings, BBM Protected and BlackBerry Blend are available from Sprint today.
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.