How does a Blackberry device work?

In this post, i would like to share with you the working of a blackberry device. Many people i know use Blackberry devices for e-mail purposes. However, almost Ninety-five percent of them are unaware of its working mechanism. I derive the motivation of this post from them.

Blackberry

As we all know, there is always a software behind the hardware. This holds true for the blackberry as well. Blackberry Server Software comes in two forms

  1. BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS)
  2. BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)

The way that the BlackBerry server works applies to both the BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS) and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)

The basic steps in receiving an email on a blackberry device are as follows:

Blackberry Architecture

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  1. The email message is sent.
  2. Message arrives at your email server ( usually the exchange server) and is sent as normal to your PC/ Laptop.
  3. The BlackBerry server ( the mail is delivered using a “push” concept to the Blackberry Enterprise Server) compresses, encrypts and forwards the message automatically to your BlackBerry handset.
  4. Message arrives at the BlackBerry via the Internet and the mobile carrier’s network.
  5. The Blackberry handheld device receives, decrypts and decompresses the email, and alerts the user.

When you buy a BlackBerry handheld you can download for FREE a fully-functional version of BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS) for your existing email server. BlackBerry Professional Software Express (BPS Express) is a FREE download of BlackBerry Professional Software that can support up to 30 BlackBerry users connecting to their email server.

The FREE download includes:

  • A copy of BlackBerry Professional Software, with the capacity to support up to 30 users
  • One user license – Client Access License (CAL
  • The latest version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Solution software, version 4.1

BPS Express is the ideal solution for smaller organisations with their own email server or for larger organisations that arent sure how many BlackBerry users they will grow to.

To expand the number of users you simply purchase additional user licenses as your needs grows. And if you reach the point where you need more than 30 users, you can upgrade to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).

To download and configure the Blackberry Professional Software Express for your blackberry, follow this link.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server is the fully-featured BlackBerry mobile email service. It’s designed for medium to large organisations with their own Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange servers for email and mobile data applications, that are going to start with at least 20 users and grow from there.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server lets the user access his/her email, electronic calendar, tasks list and contacts list as well as any internal applications or software on their BlackBerry handheld.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports triple DES security (considered unbreakable) so confidential data is transmitted securely.

For blackberry usage and applications, i would suggest you go through the below mentioned links.

  • Also follow Kelly Carter’s blog called My Blackberry Pearl 8130. Kelly talks about the tricks, tips and various Blackberry applications.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Also read:

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IMEI: What is it?

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Cheers

Vaibhav

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5 Responses

  1. Readers of Technofriends are welcome to visit my blog: http://blackberry8130.wordpress.com.
    Kelly Carter

    Thanks, Vaibhav!

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  4. Vaibhav,
    I have relocated my BlackBerry Pearl blog to:
    http://newBBie.com. I get quite a few referrals from your blog–thanks!
    Kelly Carter

  5. Hey Vaibhav,

    Quite an informative post. But still, I am unclear regarding one aspect in the functioning of a BB. It would be great if you could throw some light on this –
    ” ….
    3. The BlackBerry server ( the mail is delivered using a “push” concept to the Blackberry Enterprise Server) compresses, encrypts and forwards the message automatically to your BlackBerry handset.
    4. Message arrives at the BlackBerry via the Internet and the mobile carrier’s network. …. ”

    My question is how does the BB Enterprise Server ‘identify’ or ‘locate’ the BB handset to push the email? I know that for MS Direct Push, there is a long surviving HTTP request that the device makes to the exchange server so that the server is able to respond to that request when a new mail arrives. I want to know what is the way in which a BB Server locates a BB handheld device. Hope my question is clear.

    Thanks in advance!

    Sandy.

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