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11-02-2010, 07:27 AM #1
Bharat Berry, desi alternative to BlackBerry services
To provide a concrete solution for interception of data sent using Blackberry messenger, a Jaipur -based IT company has claimed to have developed a mobile communication service for all users that will work under the ambit of Indian law."The issue that the online usage of BlackBerry phones cannot be monitored by the government will be fully-solved with our service 'Bharat Berry', a country made compliant product designed keeping in consideration with all necessary Indian laws and works with all BlackBerry and other phones," Data Infosys Limited Founder and CEO Ajay Data told PTI here today.
The service 'Bharat Berry' was on testing mode for the past few days and the state Chief Minister [COLOR=#307dc3] formally launched it here today.
"The Bharat Berry service provides more advanced push mail on BlackBerry handsets and ensures that the user remains connected to email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India."
"It also provides over-the-air (OTA) synchronisation of calendar and contacts to outlook, so there will be no need to take backup of attach with the computer," he said, adding that the unique service was developed with months of hard work. Bharat Berry works through a mix of its very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus and open source technologies. Our servers are hosted in India; hence there is no compliance issue, he said.
"Unchecked terrorist activities are the major concern of security agencies, as it can escape detection by using BlackBerry's coded services. We are providing a concrete solution to the problem that has left lakhs of BlackBerry phone users in limbo," he said.
For enabling access to all services, including emails, users will be charged Rs 100 per month, while to ensure access and synchronization of calendar and contacts, the user will have to pay Rs 50 per month, he said.
The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and also can be dowloaded from the website - A mobile communication service from Xgen.in. "Lakhs of people are using BlackBerry phones today and there is no certainty that the company will continue to work in future following the controversy. In such a scenario, we are ready with similar service on low charges," Nitin Walia, director of the company, said.
The government has given RIM time until end of January 2011 to give its intelligence agencies full access to all Blackberry services, which are currently routed through a server located outside the country.
There are around one million BlackBerry subscribers in India. RIM offers the BlackBerry services in 175 countries across the globe.