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Old 02-23-2009, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Using MDS to push an Emergency Contact List

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So I was browsing the following Blog posting on, and I noticed something that caught me eye.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) - What Is It? |

Probably one of the best features of MDS is the ability for it to send web content to your BlackBerry. You can send an instruction to MDS and make it grab two icons and a web page and send them to your BlackBerry. The icon shows up on the BlackBerry home screen and when it is clicked, it loads the web page that has been pre-cached on the BlackBerry. This is very useful in a disaster recovery situation when you want to have certain information (like call trees, lists of people's PIN numbers, congregation points, etc.) pre-loaded on the BlackBerry with an icon so that when the cell networks are down or your internal networks are down, that information is already pre-loaded and accessible. It is a very simple and cost effective way to handle disaster recovery without spending lots of money doing it.
I'd be very interested in learning how push something like an Emergency Contact List to my users, if someone can point me in the right direction. Has anyone done this before, and if so, did it require being able to code?

From what I've learned in researching MDS, I'm afraid it might. But then again, I'm hoping maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree and someone can point me to the appropriate documentation.

Thanks in advance
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