BlackBerry Protect will let you remote control your own smartphone

by Volker Weber


These are basically BES features for BIS customers. Currently in managed beta. Open beta in the fall. The service will be free of charge.


Again, another reason to love the whole solution, no matter if the coolness factor does not reach the level of Android or the iPhone. Also, we will finally get a more decent browser in a few months time, although I can cope with the limitations of the current one quite well.

Of course, I am never satisfied: Why can't I associate more than one mailbox (e.g. a Domino Mail-In Database) through BES ?! ;-)

Peter Daum, 2010-07-12 17:35

The mobile me solution is paid for. Im assuming this won't be. Very nice.

Paul Mooney, 2010-07-12 18:26

Volker, on a side note: "the fall". Is that a term used in Germany? Just curious as I thought it was a USA/Canada expression only.

Paul Mooney, 2010-07-12 18:44

No, we say Herbst. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2010-07-12 18:46

at school we learned in germany "autumn" ( is british / oxford) and "fall" (is american). As a lazy person I prefer (also) the shorter word.

Werner Motzet, 2010-07-12 20:25

And of course spring forward, fall back only works of you understand the American word...

Chris Linfoot, 2010-07-13 09:16

Nice feature, which exists for different platforms since ages (incl. BES).

What makes me angry from time to time, that all features I would expect from a modern Smartphone are available, but not on one device/plattform. And this is not a technical limitation. It is marketing, stupid.

+ Google Apps integration (Calendar, E-Mail, Latitude)
+ SD Card support
+ Broad hardware choice (Nexus One, Samsung, Motorola)
+ WiFi Hotspot
- Too many versions and interface variations

+ Display (iPhone 4)
+ Play list management (iTunes)
+ Browser (Safari)
+ Apps
+ Ease of use
+ Not so easy to be crippled by IT
- Synchonisation with Outlook (Calendars, Contacts)
- Latitude
- Invention of tethering as something separate to be paid
- Tethering per cable (sic!) or BlueTooth only
- FaceTime per WiFi only

+ Exchange E-Mail integration
+ Perfect Keyboard
+ Remote management incl. wipe (today BES only)
+ SD Card support
+ Battery capacity (not on mine)
- Very easy to be crippled by IT
- Calendar, tasks, contacts
- Very bad category implementation

+ Touchstone
+ Touchscreen + Keyboard
+ WiFi Hotspot


Sven Richert, 2010-07-13 10:10

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