RIM to offer free BlackBerry 10 smartphone to enterprise customers

Research in Motion has introduced the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program to help prepare business customers for the launch of the next-generation OS on 30 January.

Participants in the program can get a free BlackBerry 10-based smartphone.

The four-part program is also intended to prepare users for the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, the name RIM is using for the next generation of BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

RIM hasn't said when Service 10 will launch, although it is due about the time of the launch of the BlackBerry 10 and two new smartphones on 30 January.

The Ready Program consists of a webcast series and the BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer for the smartphone, RIM said.

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The Ready Offer includes a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone for customers with technical support and advantage level, or higher, contracts with RIM, that's subject to completion of an online learning course.

More information on the Ready Program is available online.

The weekly webcasts will offer tips on the products included in the launch. Online registration is required.

The last two of the program's four components will be offered in January.

RIM also said that customers will be able to trade up BlackBerry Enterprise Server licenses for more than a year, up to Dec. 31, 2013. The trade-up will be available with an online tool to be announced starting in January.