When partners contact the BlackBerry Technical Support team, a support ticket is initiated. Each support ticket is assigned a unique ticket number which the BlackBerry Technical Support team uses to track the issue from initiation to resolution. The support ticket number will be provided either at the end of a call with a BlackBerry Technical Support representative or via an automated email message receipt when contacting BlackBerry Technical Support through the BESC. Partners must refer to this support ticket number for all communication relating to that specific issue.

Problem Definition and Classifications

Problem Definition

All requests for support are initially deemed to be "problems" by the BlackBerry Technical Support team. When a problem is reported, partners indicate its impact to their end user in an attempt to assist the assigned BlackBerry Technical Support representative to classify the problem's severity.

Problem Classifications

Problem classifications are outlined in the table below:

Severity Action

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: BlackBerry support teams are paged twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week for critical problems and the Problem Management Team will be contacted; customers 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 to BlackBerry customers. A customer's key business process is impaired but not disabled. Customers may continue their operation, but in a restricted fashion.
Normal A normal incident is defined as a problem that has slightly compromised the ability of a customer to conduct business. The customer's productivity loss is minor. The situation may be temporarily circumvented with an established work-around.
Low A low incident is defined as a problem that has marginally (or not) compromised the ability of a customer to conduct business. The productivity loss is insignificant. This may include a request for service, enhancement, or "how to" request. There is little or no risk of customer 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 BlackBerry, in BlackBerry's sole discretion.

Response Times

The BlackBerry Technical Support team sets response time goals based on the method of access. The response time goals are outlined in the following table.

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 The initial response time BlackBerry Technical Support representatives will strive to meet for incidents submitted electronically via the BlackBerry Expert Support Center is 2 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.

Direct Escalation Process

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:

  1. Request to speak to a supervisor.
  2. Contact BlackBerry Technical Support Management. Provide your support ticket number and details about the situation, including the date and time of the occurrence, by email to You will receive a response within one hour.

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 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

Partner Responsibilities

The responsibilities of partners in the Incident Based Support Program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage the end user relationship and taking all primary phone calls from End users. Partners are not to provide their end users with direct access to BlackBerry;
  • Handle all support incidents categorized as Tier 0 and Tier 1 incidents.
  • Contact BlackBerry when incidents need to be escalated to BlackBerry. The end user should not contact BlackBerry directly. BlackBerry will either provide support to the end user and the partner's Named Caller together, or the Named Caller only. BlackBerry will not provide support to the end user only;
  • Prevent service disruptions by ensuring that their Named Callers' information is up to date in the BlackBerry Expert Support Center. BlackBerry will use the BlackBerry Expert Support Center and internal BlackBerry systems to validate Named Callers who contact BlackBerry for support;
  • Report any BlackBerry software defects identified and other issues requiring development assistance from BlackBerry;
  • Manage software distribution of fixes and updates to end users;
  • Provide records to BlackBerry, e.g. log files or configuration files, if requested to assist with BlackBerry's ability to resolve the reported problem. Failure to do so may impede BlackBerry's ability to resolve the reported problem; and
  • Ensure that Named Callers are familiar with the BlackBerry Partner Support Services Program Description, and have received the required user training on any BlackBerry solution product or system they are supporting.

Out-of-scope Services

Services not described within your designated support level are outside the scope of BlackBerry Partner Support Services 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.

  • Software reloads for any component of the BlackBerry solution and restoring software to an operational level as defined in the product specifications
  • Support when a virus is detected on your systems; BlackBerry assumes no responsibility for data loss when asked to assist with the cleaning of a virus
  • System administrator functions that are the customer's responsibility including, but not limited to,:
    • Installation/configuration/testing/tuning of third-party non-factory installed applications, components or products
    • Backup and restoration of your system(s) and related data
    • Management of customer-tailored parameters
    • Creation/modification of scripts unique to your environment
  • Product training, including customized operational/technical procedures
  • Custom programming or custom application development
  • Services relating to application software support, database implementation, population and administration, execution of data loading procedures, data archiving and recovery
  • Services resulting from the following causes:
    • Customer or any third party's negligence, misuse or abuse
    • Failure to operate equipment in accordance with the recommended BlackBerry specifications
    • Failure to perform regular preventive maintenance activities
    • Acts of third parties
    • Improper implementation or operation of software
    • Failure to perform those actions as prescribed by BlackBerry during technical troubleshooting
  • Services related to unsupported products, once the cause has been isolated to the unsupported product and communicated to you
  • BlackBerry Technical Support Services doesn't cover issues with your networks, third-party software solutions or hardware issues