BlackBerry has announced the acquisition of Movirtu a UK based startup that specialises in technology that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device.
Movirtu’s Virtual SIM platform allows the user to have an active business number and personal number on a single mobile device, but with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. The company announced that alongside the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) platform, enterprise customers will be able to apply IT policies to the business number without impacting the usability of the device for personal use.
The manufacturer said that the software would improve device management in bring-your-own device (BYOD) and corporate owned personally enabled (COPE) environments.
John Chen, executive chairman and CEO, BlackBerry, said: ‘The acquisition of Movirtu complements our core strategy of providing additional value added services, and it will leverage our key assets, including our BES platform, along with our existing global infrastructure which is connected to a large number of mobile operators around the world.’