Exchange Synchronization with BlackBerry to Cease in 2012 - 12/16/10

Purdue will add no new BlackBerry devices to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) after Jan. 1, 2011; and after Dec. 31, 2012, Purdue will no longer support Exchange synchronization with BlackBerry devices.

The combination of a 33 percent decrease in BES use, a subsequent increase in per-unit costs and a proliferation of the use of non-BlackBerry devices influenced the decision.

“Allowing a full two-year cycle prior to discontinuation offers the maximum opportunity for personal-BlackBerry users to replace their device through individual cellular-service providers,” said Mike Rubesch, ITaP’s executive director of systems and operations.

As they come up for renewal, BlackBerry devices provided by the University to faculty and staff for campus business will be replaced with non-BlackBerry devices.

Users currently reading email on and synchronizing Exchange calendar and contacts information to a BlackBerry device will not be affected until Dec. 31, 2012. After that date, faculty and staff using a personal BlackBerry can connect to Exchange email only through BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) — the same service allowing connection to personal email. However, this will not support calendar or contacts synchronization with Exchange.

ActiveSync-capable smartphones — such as iPhone, Android or Windows devices — support full Exchange synchronization without requiring additional hardware, software or licensing costs. There are more than 3,000 such devices currently synchronizing with Purdue’s Exchange, compared to 640 BlackBerry devices.

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Barasch, ITaP manager of messaging services, by email at or by phone at 496-3472.