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When you contact the BlackBerry® Technical Support team, a support ticket is initiated. Each support ticket is assigned a unique ticket number (for example, INC00001234567), which is used to track your issue from initiation to resolution.
The support ticket number will be provided either at the end of a call with a support representative or via an automated email message receipt when contacting BlackBerry Technical Support through the BlackBerry Expert Support Center.
Use this support ticket number for all communication relating to that specific issue.
All requests for support are initially deemed to be problems by the BlackBerry® Technical Support team. When you report a problem, indicate its impact to your organization to assist the assigned BlackBerry Technical Support representative in classifying the problem’s severity.
The severity classification of a problem is determined by the BlackBerry Technical Support representative and yourself.
|Critical||A critical incident is defined as a problem that causes a total loss of service for which no procedural workaround exists. This problem may affect either the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or a majority of the deployed BlackBerry smartphones. The problem severely affects the ability to conduct business.
Note: Research In Motion (RIM) support teams are paged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for critical problems and the Problem Management Team will be contacted. You must agree to be available for engagement 24x7 until relief has been provided.
|Serious||A serious incident is defined as a problem that causes a severe degradation of service. Your key business process is impaired but not disabled. You may continue your operation, but in a restricted fashion.|
|Normal||A normal incident is defined as a problem that has slightly compromised your ability to conduct business. Your productivity loss is minor. The situation may be temporarily circumvented with an established workaround.|
|Low||A low incident is defined as a problem that has marginally (or not) compromised your ability to conduct business. The productivity loss is insignificant. This may include a request for service, enhancement or "how to" request. There’s little or no risk of impact.|
Note: severity classifications may be updated during the lifecycle of a problem being worked on by the BlackBerry Technical Support team if the impact to the customer changes. The severity classification will be assigned by RIM, in RIM’s sole discretion.
The BlackBerry® Technical Support team sets response-time goals based on the method of access.
|Method of Access||Response-time Goal|
|Telephone||BlackBerry Technical Support representatives strive to answer 80% of all incoming telephone inquiries within 90 seconds.|
|BlackBerry Expert Support Center||BlackBerry Technical Support representatives strive to respond to all incidents submitted electronically via the BlackBerry Expert Support Center within two hours.|
Note: the foregoing response-time goals are targets only and Research In Motion (RIM) shall not be considered to be in breach of any of its obligations if it can’t fulfill such target times.
Should you have technical issues of a Critical and Serious nature and aren't satisfied with the response or resolution provided to you by BlackBerry® Technical Support, use the following escalation path to have your concerns addressed:
If, after using one of these escalation paths, you'd like to request additional support or provide direct feedback to the Technical Support Executive team, email TechnicalSupportExecutives@rim.com. Your email will be sent to the Senior Management within Customer Support Operations at Research In Motion (RIM).
If you have general feedback regarding your technical support experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a member of the BlackBerry® Alliance Program, you assume the following responsibilities:
To effectively troubleshoot and resolve a problem, RIM may require you to provide records, such as log files or configuration files. If the requested information is not provided, it may impede RIM’s ability to resolve the reported problem.
It’s assumed individuals involved in support of the BlackBerry solution products and systems are familiar with the processes outlined in this plan. It’s also assumed these individuals have received the required user training on any BlackBerry solution product or system they’re supporting.
Examples of customer responsibility for support and system maintenance include, but aren’t limited to,:
As a member of the BlackBerry® Alliance Program, you’re expected to troubleshoot all Tier I and Tier II BlackBerry software issues before contacting BlackBerry Technical Support. BlackBerry Technical Support will only assist with Tier III issues. Research In Motion (RIM) reserves the right to charge a fee for support incidents that don’t qualify as Tier III issues. You’ll be warned in advance that charges may apply.
Services not described within your designated support level are outside the scope of BlackBerry Technical Support and chargeable on a per occurrence basis, at then-current rates. If you request any of these services, BlackBerry Technical Support will inform you, in advance of the service being rendered, that it may be subject to additional charges. Examples of services not covered by BlackBerry® Technical Support Services include, but aren’t limited to,: