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If you’re an O2 customer you’ll probably be aware that you can use BT Openzone WiFi hotspots around the UK. However from 1st July the four year deal between the two firms ends.
However don’t despair just yet as O2 have rolled out their own exclusive service O2 WiFi in over 8000 hotspots across the UK which will be faster than customers standard data connections. But that’s not all. O2 have also announced that the new WiFi hotspots will be available for anyone to use, regardless of their home or mobile network. The only step is to register with O2 and start using their service. Plus there’s no usernames or passwords which is a big bonus!
How to sign up
The best way to sign up to O2 WiFi is to register using a free app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. The O2 WiFi app allows you to sign-up for O2 WiFi wherever you are, as well as find your local hotspots.
Long asked for by Small to Medium Businesses currently running BlackBerry Enterprise Server (Enterprise and Express Editions) Version 10.1 for BlackBerry Enterprise Service will finally allow the installation of all the BES10 components onto the same server as each other and this can also be the same server currently managing your older BlackBerry Devices (you must be running BES or BES Express 5.0.4).
Administrators should be cautioned in reviewing the system requirements for BES 10.1.
E.g. for 1 - 500 users
All BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 components, Microsoft SQL Server Express, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4
- One Processor 2.53 GHz Intel Xeon 5500 Series (Quad core)
- 12 GB of available memory
- 40 GB of disk space
- Note if the BlackBerry Enterprise Server is installed on the computer add 2GB to the memory requirement
I am still considering if its more fitting to run the BES 5 on one server and create a new server (or use an existing one which meets the requirements) for the BES 10 software. This would avoid conflicts and interruption to existing users as you evaluate and provides greater resilience long term.
The BlackBerry Management Studio will give you one single console to administer BES 10 and the BES 5 even if they are on separate servers.
Besides the option to allow installing all components onto one server this update to BES 10 will give administrators further control over BlackBerry 10 handsets. If required the administrator can enforce policies to all devices and all applications installed onto the handset will be forced to use the secure corporate channel.
Administrators will also enjoy a new dashboard for the BlackBerry Management Studio which will detail the users and their devices along with further (see below).
Manage BlackBerry 10 devices with a work space only:
To enable compliance for secure, government, and regulated environments, you can designate all information on BlackBerry 10 devices as work information. The work space only activation option gives your organization full control over devices. There are additional IT policies that you can use to control how a BlackBerry 10 device accesses network resources
Control which BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook devices can access Microsoft ActiveSync:
Gatekeeping allows you to block unauthorized devices from configuring Microsoft ActiveSync to connect to your organization's infrastructure and access work email. You can configure Microsoft Exchange to block devices from using Microsoft ActiveSync unless the devices are explicitly added to an allowed list in Microsoft Exchange. Using gatekeeping in BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 lets you control which devices are added to the allowed list. When a device is added to the allowed list, a user can access work email and other information on the device
Reporting dashboards allow you to have a high-level overview of your user and device information. For example, you can see a breakdown of the number of devices in your organization by carrier. You can hover over or click on specific data points in a dashboard to see more detailed information, and you can export the information to a .csv file for further analysis
You can configure BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to allow you to automatically log in to BlackBerry Management Studio, the BlackBerry Device Service, the Universal Device Service, and BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager without needing to re-enter your username and password
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 licensing:
Organisations must purchase new licenses before they can activate users in the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. In BlackBerry Management Studio you can manage licenses and view detailed information for each license type, such as usage and expiration. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 uses the following new license types:
• EMM – Corporate - You can activate BlackBerry 10 devices, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, Android devices, and iOS devices.
• EMM - Corporate for BlackBerry - You can activate BlackBerry 10 devices and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
Contact Intercity for installation services and licensing purchase.