BlackBerry’s Newest Acquisition Adds to Its Already Impressive Enterprise Arsenal


BlackBerry is at it again folks.  While the media continues their bash fest and constant negative spin, BlackBerry keeps moving at a pace like never before.  As reported by Reuters, BlackBerry has announced the purchase of a UK based company called Movirtu which will again set BlackBerry apart in the much sought after enterprise space.

“BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.”

“Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. This allows employees to switch between work and personal profiles easily without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards.”

John Sims, the head of BlackBerry’s enterprise division (a fitting name if you ask me. Guess he can remove the second “s” now) added the following quote in the Reuters article to further explain.

“Clearly this fits nicely within the strategy we have so far articulated. We are building recurring revenue streams in value-added services and providing more value to enterprises” 

So while others are ranting and raving about introducing technology that is approaching 10 years old like NFC not to mention the buzz about a free music album with your purchase of a device, BlackBerry continues to add to its already impressive arsenal.  But I’m sure the iPhone 17+++S will invent the ability to have both personal and business number on a device while separating the billing in about 10 years from now.  Innovation…what a wonderful thing.

  • Badi Yee

    BlackBerry do things the unconventional method. They don’t just jump into the bandwagon without thinking of a proper solution.

    This is a very nice piece of news. I’m intrigued by what they will bring to the niche dual sim / multiple sim market.

  • nnik

    Apple sucks

  • Very cool Ray. Although I’m not sure I understand completely how this works. But the bottom line is with this software, I can have two phone numbers on one device and two sets of billing for voice and data… That’s pretty amazing.

    You’ve got to think this would “blend” nicely with BB Balance for enterprise customers. Now with one device, you can have two separate partitions for work and personal, that don’t even know about each other and you can take that a step further by having two phone numbers, AND, you can pay for your personal use and your employer can pay for your business use!!! Amazing! Enterprises will LOVE this!!!

  • Robert

    This is awesome news that will take BlackBerry Balance to a whole new level.

  • ital1

    Again, via strategic acquisitions, BlackBerry displays that it is the hands down leader in the enterprise space. This will be rolled out to carrier partners and will produce a new monthly revenue stream. The great thing is that it is cross platform and can have IT policies set up on BES to manage the work phone number. This is fantastic news; I wonder if Secusmart will be incorporated into the solution as well.

  • Bigglybobblyboo

    Oh, I am loving this. No need for dual SIM hardware? Very smart, very smart indeed. Hats off BlackBerry

  • razrrob

    Once again Chen has outmaneuvered the competition AND waits until the day after the failed launch to announce it.


  • Canuckvoip

    Too cool! Thanks Ray. What a great business tool!

  • Blackjack

    Which explains the stock rises above. While Apple presents smoke and mirrors and theatrics, BlackBerry is behind the scenes creating real value for its customers. Investors are noticing.

  • BB Racer !!

    Folks iWant the iPay so iCan buy my BlackBerry !!!