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    I just found out that the license I bought to JiveTalk chat is tied to my now dead blackberry 8830. Every other software vendor has switched over my licenses without a problem - except for beejive. Has anyone else here ever heard of software that is tied to a specific device ... and that once that device is destroyed the license is expired?

    Customer support told me that it was clearly stated when I bought it but I guess I didn't realize it was different that any other software license. It's not a huge deal but I guess I won't be buying JiveTalk again.
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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ It is clearly stated on their site. Beejive gives you two options, a cheaper device only license or the more expensive user license. If you opt for the device license you will not be able to transfer your app to a new device.

    I always like user licenses that travel with me. I change BBs regularly.

    If you have the user license it is very easy to remove it from one BB in order to use it on another. One of the best in my opinion, no emails needed.

    Ultimatly how to sell the product is up to the owner. There are some that won't transfer at all, or limit the number of transfers.

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    Hey man, PIN me

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    @ melissaox - I see now that the policy is clear. However, is there a precedent for this in the software world? I've never heard of one.

    @germy - How do I PIN? Is that the same as private message?

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    Pin me on you BlackBerry. My pin is 241bb585. I have a solution for you

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    +1 on the user license, its more flexible that way anyway. All the software that I purchased on my phone has transferable licences
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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ yes there are apps out there that use your device PIN to register and will not be transferable. A lot of times u will not find out until u need to change devices. I try to stay away from these apps. Beejive gives you a choise, which most places do not.

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    so far I haven't run into any problems because most of my apps were free except a few. One of them being JiveTalk, and thanks to my fellow stackers I knew ahead of time about the two different licenses. However I do have to say that I would opt for programs that can be transferred to another device and not locked down to the pin only.
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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    IN my experience, PocketDay will work with you if you've upgraded/changed devices.

    Using a PIN to validate your device is good business ethics. Keeping it tied to that device without an option to transfer is not something I would not entertain.

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    Changing devices is a pain, especially transferring data and reregistering software. The later is why I wrote what is now EZ Reregister. It's available now if anyone wants to take a lookie. Fully functional for 7 days.


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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    Quote Originally Posted by melissaox View Post
    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ .

    Ultimatly how to sell the product is up to the owner. There are some that won't transfer at all, or limit the number of transfers.
    I subscribe to Sirius Satellite Radio. The service is available for life for a fee of $450.00 or so. In the "fine print" they tell you that you can only change your receiver a limited number of times. After that, they charge you.

    On the Blackberry device, I favor registration based on the PIN number. I'm sure the developer is glad they're somewhat protected from piracy, but mainly I'm glad no one else can use my software/registration code.

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    Re: Software Licenses Tied to Device?

    I bought the Transfereable version of Jive talk, twice actully, for to diffrant devices. I would rather it be trasferable at a lower price. They could just make it to where the account can only be registered to one PIN number at a time, this would protect them and make it easier on us. But good develpers should be paid for their work. Microsoft doesn't fall in to this catigory. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by nautis View Post
    @ melissaox - I see now that the policy is clear. However, is there a precedent for this in the software world? I've never heard of one.
    How do you think OEM Microsoft operating systems work. If you change too much hardware, you have to call and beg or purchase a new license. For OEM, the license is tied to the "Computer" and they define computer a little differently than many.

    However, I don't like software that doesn't give the user the option. Jive talk has always given the option so I'm not really offended with it. Any vendor that doesn't offer a non-device specific license won't get my business.
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    Is this related to the BB license for Blackberry Enterprise servers? Or just a special app?

    I was wondering if the BB licenses could be reassigned to different users or if they were tied to a specific device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nautis View Post
    @ melissaox - I see now that the policy is clear. However, is there a precedent for this in the software world? I've never heard of one.

    @germy - How do I PIN? Is that the same as private message?
    This practise came about thanks to theft and Microsoft. We don't have to like it, but people like to get paid for their work.

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