IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-109
April 17, 2001
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 A New Release With New Ordering and New Pricing Replaces Previous Releases
At a Glance
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5, the replacement product for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.4.1, is available with enhanced functions, new pricing, and new ordering procedures.
IBM Mobile Connect can now be ordered by customers with a Passport Advantage Agreement. The pricing structure is based on a new model that implements IBM Value Units. This structure provides a licensing methodology that reduces complex ordering structures to a single orderable item. As the number of users increases, the cost per user decreases. Refer to the Ordering Information section of this announcement for more details.
IBM Mobile Connect is a server-based data synchronization and management solution for enterprises. It allows you to manage and control information remotely, whether synchronizing information between mobile devices and your network server or updating software applications running on handheld devices. Your users can have access to the most current information, from virtually anywhere at any time.
IBM Mobile Connect provides functions that allow your users to take advantage of a variety of mobile devices by integrating mobile computing into your corporate infrastructure securely and effectively. The information technology (IT) staff can control and manage information and data so that business-sensitive information is secure. This can help you meet your business goals by making your users more productive and streamlining their workflow.
IBM Mobile Connect provides functionality in specific areas:
Contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner to find out how IBM Mobile Connect can help you make the transition into the world of wireless computing while still supporting your traditional wired-connection activities. More information about wireless computing and wireless e-business is available on IBM's Pervasive Computing Division Web site at:
IBM Mobile Connect requires a network server that has a Pentium processor and is running either Windows NT 4.0, or higher, or Windows 2000. There should be 1,000 MB of free disk space for the server software plus approximately 4 MB of free disk space for each authorized user.
Wireless devices that access the server require one of the following operating systems: Palm OS platform; Microsoft Pocket PC or Windows CE; or Symbian EPOC platform.
Some remote devices require a TCP/IP local area network (LAN) connection.
Planned Availability Dates
Mobile devices have become an essential part of today's business. Synchronizing and exchanging information with corporate servers can be a preferred solution for enterprise IT organizations that are trying to manage information and applications on mobile devices.
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 provides synchronization that allows a flexible, reliable method of accessing information remotely or locally in a secure manner. It enables integration of multiple mobile devices into existing systems and central management of the information and applications on those devices. It also provides cryptographic capabilities that many enterprises require for security.
IBM Mobile Connect allows IT managers to synchronize PIM data between corporate servers such as Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange, and mobile devices running Palm OS, Windows CE, or EPOC operating systems.
Advance filter settings allow users to customize the data that is
actually synchronized each time. For example, filters can be set to
limit the size of e-mails or specify how many days' worth of e-mail to
receive. Users can decide whether to download attachments or not, and
calendar filters can be set to retrieve calendar information for a
specific date period.
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 replaces previous versions of IBM Mobile Connect, including Version 2.2 and Version 2.4.1. It provides all the functionality of Version 2.4.1, plus some enhancements.
IBM Mobile Connect is intended for enterprises that want to allow users to access their network servers through wireless devices as well as continue to support local wired or cabled access. Mobile Connect is an excellent way for a company to begin integrating mobile devices into their business environment. It can help position a company to start a more extensive wireless computing and e-business environment, such as IBM WebSphere Everyplace Suite.
The new ordering procedures allow customers to take advantage of the benefits provided by Passport Advantage. For information about Passport Advantage, go to:
The new pricing structure provides a better value for user-based licensing. As the number of users increases, the cost per 100 user decreases. If, at a later time, you wish to increase the total number of users, you get credit for any Value Units you acquired in previous transactions.
More information about mobile and wireless computing, wireless devices, and wireless e-business can be found on the IBM Pervasive Computing Division Web site at:
You may also wish to refer to other IBM announcements for information on related products. Announcements can be found at:
Refer to Software Announcement 200-287 , dated August 29, 2000 (IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.4.1).
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
No printed publications are shipped with this program. All documentation is provided in softcopy form with the program code. The publications are in .pdf format for viewing and printing by the customer.
Specified Operating Environment
These fee services enhance customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM support will help answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.
For more information about support, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968), contact your IBM representative, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available only to Passport
Advantage customers. The product and the publications may be downloaded
electronically by Passport customers. A Passport Advantage Media Pack is
Security, Auditability, and Control
IBM Mobile Connect uses the security and auditability features of the program and the operating system. Certicom encryption helps ensure secure data transfer. User authentication is provided through Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, or an internal user list.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available only to customers with a Passport Advantage Agreement. An order must include the appropriate number of IBM Value Units required for each specific customer environment and the appropriate Passport Advantage support and subscription options.
The pricing structure of Mobile Connect provides the following financial benefits:
Licensing and pricing are based on the number of users (in increments of 100) and implement IBM Value Units. IBM Value Units provide a licensing methodology that reduces complex ordering structures to a single orderable item. Value Units are used to determine the license quantities, are product specific, and cannot be transferred to another product. Licensing is required for the total number of users in each Mobile Connect environment.
Value Unit Table for IBM Mobile Connect
Value Units Per Usage 100 Level Number of Users Users 1 1 to 5,000 312 2 5,001 to 50,000 246 3 50,001 to 150,000 197 4 150,001 to 500,000 50 5 500,001 to 1,000,000 33 6 1,000,001 to 3,000,000 27 7 3,000,001 to 10,000,000 20 8 10,000,001 to 20,000,000 14 9 20,000,001 or more 7
Contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner if you need assistance in determining the appropriate number of Value Units required for your environment.
Assume that you want to start using Mobile Connect with only a portion of your users, then, at a later date, add the rest of your users. You may do this with two transactions.
How to Calculate Required Value Units Result 1. Round up the number of users to the 1,300 nearest 100 and identify the users applicable Usage Level. (Level 1) 2. Divide the rounded-up number of 13 groups users by 100 to determine the number of 100 of 100-user groups. 3. Refer to Usage Level 1 (the 312 Value applicable level for this example) Units per to determine the required number of 100 users Value Units for each 100-user group. 4. Multiply the number of groups by the 13 x 312 number of Value Units required for = 4,056 each group. 5. Round up the result to the nearest 4,060 five Value Units. 6. Order the total number of required Order Value Units. 4,060 Value Units
Part 2 Subsequent Transaction: At a later date, you are now ready to add the remainder of your users, bringing your total number of users to 12,552. You have previously acquired 4,060 Value Units in your initial transaction.
How to Calculate Required Value Units Result 1. Round up the total number of users 12,600 to the nearest 100 and identify the users Usage Level. (Level 2) 2. Divide the number of users by 100. 126 groups of 100 3. Identify the number of Value Units 246 Value per 100 users in the Usage Level Units per that contains the total number of 100 users your users. (Level 2) 4. Multiply the total number of groups 126 x 246 of users by the Value Units in that = 30,996 one Usage Level. 5. Round up to the nearest five Value 31,000 Units. 6. Subtract the number of Value Units 31,000 - acquired in your previous 4,060 transaction = 26,940 7. Order the number of Value Units Order required for this transaction. 26,940 Value Units
You always use the Usage Level that represents the total number of users at that time in your environment.
New licenses, software subscriptions, and support services are ordered through the Lotus Ordering System for Passport Advantage:
Part Program Name/Description Number VPO License IBM Mobile Connect D56B4ML Value Unit VPO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect D56B5ML Value Unit 1 Anniv VPO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect D56B6ML Value Unit 2 Anniv VPO SW Sub Renewal IBM Mobile E16BZML Connect Value Unit VPO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value D56C5ML Unit 1 Anniv VPO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value D56C6ML Unit 2 Anniv CO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect D56C7ML Value Unit 1 Anniv CO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect D56C8ML Value Unit 2 Anniv CO SW Sub Renewal IBM Mobile E16CAML Connect Value Unit CO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value D56CBML Unit 1 Anniv CO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value D56CDML Unit 2 Anniv CO Supt IBM Mobile Connect Value E16E1ML Unit 1 Anniv CO Lic/SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile D56E2ML Connect Value Unit 1 Anniv CO Lic/SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile D56E3ML Connect Value Unit 2 Anniv CO SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile Connect D56E4ML Value Unit 1 Anniv CO SW Sub/Supt Renewal IBM Mobile E16E6ML Connect Value Unit IBM Mobile Connect V2.5 Value Unit BK7M4IE -- Media Package
Upgrades and Replacements
IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 replaces previous releases of IBM Mobile Connect (5637-H67), including Version 2.2 and Version 2.4.1.
There is no replacement for IBM Mobile Connect Support (5648-D21). However, customers who purchased IBM Mobile Support within the 12-month period prior to this announcement are eligible to receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge. Authorization for use of Version 2.5 will continue for the same number of users that were licensed for the previous version of Mobile Connect.
To receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge, eligible customers may send an e-mail to:
Include your address, customer contact name, and current version of
Mobile Connect, and indicate the date that you purchased IBM Mobile
Connect Support. If you need assistance with this, contact your IBM
representative or authorized Business Partner.
Software subscription, sometimes referred to as upgrade protection, is available for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 through the Passport Advantage Agreement options.
For assistance or additional information, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:
Terms and Conditions
Program Services and Support: Basic Program Services are provided as part of the IBM basic software license agreement as described in the IPLA/LI of the product. These services offer a method of reporting code-related problems for IBM licensed software products. Program Services will be available for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 through April 30, 2002.
Suspected code-related problems with IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 may be reported via e-mail to:
or via mail to IBM Corporation, Dept. 4W0A, P.O. Box 12195, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709.
Additional fee support is available through the IBM Operational Support Services Support Line and Passport Advantage Support.
This program will be subject to the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) included in the program software and not to the Agreement for IBM Licensed Programs.
Upgrades: Customers who purchased IBM Mobile Connect Support within the 12-month period prior to this announcement are entitled to Version 2.5 for no additional charge. Authorization for use of the program will continue at the same level as they had for the previous version.
If you acquired IBM Mobile Connect Support (5648-D21) during the12 months prior to this announcement, you are eligible to receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge. You may request Version 2.5 by sending an e-mail to:
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