Process

When you contact the BlackBerry® Technical Support team, a support ticket is initiated. Each support ticket is assigned a unique ticket number (for example, RQST00001234567), 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.

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Problem Definition and Classification

Problem definition

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.

Problem classifications

The severity classification of a problem is determined by the BlackBerry Technical Support representative and yourself.

Severity Action
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.

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Response Times

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.

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Direct Escalation Process

Should you have technical issues of a Critical/Serious nature and are not satisfied with the response or resolution provided to you by BlackBerry® Technical Support, you can use the following escalation path to have your concerns addressed:

  1. Request to speak to a supervisor.
  2. Email TechnicalSupportManagement@rim.com and quote your support ticket number and provide details about the situation, including the date and time of the occurrence. This email address will reach BlackBerry Technical Support Management and a response will be provided to you within 1 hour.

If, after using one of these escalation paths, you would like to request additional support or would like to provide direct feedback to our Technical Support Executive team, email TechnicalSupportExecutives@rim.com. Your email will be sent to the Vice President of Technical Support and the Vice President of Customer Support Operations at Research In Motion (RIM). You will have a response to your concerns by the next business day.

If you have general feedback regarding your Technical Support experience, email techsupportfeedback@rim.com.

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Subscriber Responsibilities

As a member of the BlackBerry® Alliance Program, you assume the following responsibilities:

  • Manage the direct end customer relationship
  • Accept all initial incident creation requests from the end customer
  • Perform triage and attempt problem resolution
  • Train end customer’s analysts on appropriate Research In Motion (RIM) software products
  • Escalate Tier III issues requiring further investigation by BlackBerry technical support experts
  • Report software defects and other issues requiring development assistance
  • Manage software distribution of fixes and updates to your end customers

To effectively troubleshoot and resolve a problem, RIM may require you to provide records, such as log or configuration files. If the requested information isn’t 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.

Subscriber responsibility examples

Examples of subscriber responsibility for support and system maintenance include, but aren’t limited to,:

  • Daily/weekly operator preventive maintenance tasks
  • Providing RIM with accurate information about systems and software being operated to allow accurate and efficient troubleshooting of submitted incidents
  • Ensuring Named Callers associated with an account are verified on a regular basis and any changes to assigned Named Callers are communicated to RIM
  • Site preparation and related environmental requirements
  • User privileges
  • Data loading procedures
  • Maintenance of a centralized reference library for related product and system documentation
  • Archive, back-up, recovery and periodic testing plans
  • Assisting RIM to research and verify compatibility of recommended software patches
  • Performing basic, initial problem isolation and identification before reporting an incident to BlackBerry Technical Support
  • Participating in evaluating problem escalation priorities, when necessary
  • Coordinating, facilitating and participating in periodic support reviews and technology meetings
  • Supporting products not supported by RIM
  • Scheduling change implementation activity
  • Reviewing system change activity prior to implementation
  • Providing facilities outside the production environment to test changes before implementation
  • Ownership of approval to changes to the system
  • Verification of functionality after a change to the system

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