Sprint business solutions

Let's be honest with ourselves -- enterprise level security and Android don't go hand-in-hand.  The Exchange policy implementation is getting better, and we understand that Honeycomb brings even more support to the table, but that doesn't help the device you can buy today, or already own, like the Evo 4G or the Galaxy Tab.

Good Technology is going to do their best to address this for customers on Sprint with Good for Enterprise -- Android.  It consists of two key parts:

  • Good Mobile Control provides comprehensive mobile security and device management with over-the-air and on-device encryption of enterprise data, remote application password policies, and remote wipe of enterprise data.
  • Good Mobile Messaging delivers enterprise-class mobile e-mail and personal information management, including Calendar and Contacts.

It looks like a very promising solution that would allow your IT department to let you keep the phone you like to use, and secure a part of it for solid, safe business use.  Good Technology has a short video overview of it you can watch right here, and the full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

Sprint and Good Technology Partner to Deliver Secure Android-Based Solutions for Business Customers
Partnership yields Security, Device Management benefits -- two leading needs of Enterprise IT departments and small/medium businesses, too
Enhances Android's top-drawer devices -- Samsung Galaxy Tab™, HTC EVO™ 4G, Samsung Epic 4G™ -- with instant, reliable business features
PR Newswire
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16, 2011
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: S) and Good Technology today announced a partnership to provide business-grade security and full device management features on Sprint's lineup of popular Androiddevices that business customers want most.
The Good for Enterprise – Android solution lets business customers of all sizes harness the power of Android and provide corporate information technology security and control over devices throughout their workforces.
CIOs and IT managers can deploy Android devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC EVO 4G or Samsung Epic 4G throughout their organizations to extend Android's powerful mobile communications capabilities to employees.    
"With the rapid adoption of Android devices, we're committed to making robust applications available to our customers so they can get the most out of their mobility experience," said Tom Roberts, vice president of business marketing, Sprint. "Good for Enterprise gives our business customers the flexibility of knowing their workforce is happy with the usability and sophistication of Android devices, while also knowing they have the highest level of security."  
The Good for Enterprise – Android solution is based on two key components:  
  • Good Mobile Control provides comprehensive mobile security and device management with over-the-air and on-device encryption of enterprise data, remote application password policies, and remote wipe of enterprise data.
  • Good Mobile Messaging delivers enterprise-class mobile e-mail and personal information management, including Calendar and Contacts.

"We're excited to bring Good for Enterprise to Sprint's business customers," said John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Good Technology. "Android's popularity is growing at an incredible rate, and it's clear that end users love these devices, the diversity of form factors, and price points that the platform offers. CIOs and IT managers are turning to Good for Enterprise to enable device choice and a more productive and satisfied workforce to provide the end-to-end management, security, and control that they require."
Good for Enterprise is available through Sprint Business, which is composed of sales, support, marketing and operations personnel solely dedicated to enterprise, small and medium-sized business and public sector customers. Sprint delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on its 3G and 4G wireless capabilities, push-to-talk network, Global IP network and growing portfolio of M2M partners and solutions.
For more information about Sprint Business, visit: http://www.sprint.com/business/.  For information about Sprint's small business solutions, visit www.sprint.com/smallbiz.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About Good Technology
Good Technology, the leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility, combines enterprise-grade mobile security and control with an exceptional user experience for messaging and collaboration that allows users to connect and collaborate on their devices of choice. Good opens new possibilities for enterprises, government agencies, and end users to maximize business and personal productivity by providing secure, easy-to-use, and instant mobile access to data, applications and services on hundreds of mobile devices. For more information, visit the Good website at www.good.com.
©2011 VISTO Corporation and Good Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
VISTO, Good, Good Technology, the Good logo, Good for Enterprise, Good for Government, Good for You, Good Mobile Messaging, Good Mobile Intranet, and Powered by Good are trademarks of Good Technology, Inc. ConstantSync, Constant Synchronization, Good Mobile Client, Good Mobile Portal, Good Mobile Exchange Access, Good Mobile Platform, Good Easy Setup, Good Social Networking and Good SmartIcon are either trademarks or registered trademarks of VISTO Corporation. All third-party trademarks, trade names, or service marks are the property of their respective owners and are used only to refer to the goods or services identified by those third-party marks. Good and VISTO technology is protected by U.S. Patents 6,085,192; 5,968,131; 6,023,708; 5,961,590; 6,131,116; 6,151,606; 6,233,341; 6,131,096, 6,708,221 and 6,766,454 and the following NTP U.S. Patents: 5,436,960, 5,438,611, 5,479,472, 5,625,670, 5,631,946, 5,819,172, 6,067,451, 6,317,592 and various other foreign patents. Other patents pending.


Reader comments

Sprint partners with Good Technology to provide Android based business solutions


Lmao! Thanks for the laugh. Fear not, CTIA is next month. I'm sure Sprint will have some big phones announced.

Neither my employer nor the IT department have anything to do with my personal phone. I'm not issued a work phone, so none of this does anything for me. It might be good for companies that are issuing their employees Android phones, but who are they in this economy (besides banks, sports teams, movie studios, and record companies?

The Hospital I work for. I work in Communications and handle cellular orders. I've been trying to get more Android handsets in here and this will definitely help.

Good is a nice solution for those of us that do not want to carry 2 phones. I have a personal Android device and didn't want to carry a Blackberry. So I can download the Good application and my company has the Good server. They retain the ability to delete all the content that feeds to my phone via Good (which is all work related) and that satisifies their policies, and I only carry one phone that I can use mostly for personal, but when I have the need to respond to emails, etc., I can do that, too.

I don't think this matters to the vast majority of dual use cell phone users. Sure, my company is kind enough to pay for my cell phone and monthly fees, but I have to put it in my name and they reimburse me. Keeps them off the hook should I leave the company. I'll bet most people don't even have that benefit. They just want access to company email on their phone. This feature appears to only apply to business plans so we're all SOL.

If your company deploys the Good for enterprise server, the company can allow anyone with a personal android, iphone or WM phone onto the network. It's like a more open version of blackberry enterprise server. It works pretty well on my android phone.

One nice thing about sprint is that they don't charge extra to use this service over their network... unlike verizon which adds a $15 enterprise data add-on for anyone who wants to access a Good for enterprise server or BES.

How about more good and high quality Android phones from Sprint? I keep waiting even though I really like my EVO. Looking at the Sprint phones listed online, they have only 9 Android phones and 1 tablet. More than half (four) are rated 3 stars or less. Nobody will use the Sprint apps if they don't have a more decent phones to choose from.

Reading AndroidCentral it appears all the other major carriers announce a new Android phone every week. Sprint? Maybe once a month.