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Old 06-25-2008, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Blackberry proffesional software, carriers and need for BES

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Hi all,
I've been reading for a few days on the BES part of the forum and now I am even more confused.

I work for a company that has t-mobile as a carrier. However, they don't offer any blackberry service. In order to always have my mail with me, in addition to my regular phone, i got a BIS from alternative carrier in the country. The contract i had with them is up on the 1st of july.

In the mean time, i came across the blackberry proffesional software and downloaded it. I spoke with the IT guy and my boss at work and they said that we can install the BPS on our Small business server so I can get BES.

My question is, since our company's cell phone carrier is T-mobile, will I be able to use the benefits of the BPS even though T-mobile does not offer any Blackberry services?

From reading posts i got that BES is not carried specific, but in order for it to work, does your carried need to offer Blackbery services?

Over the last year i found it very difficult to carry two devices.. the BB for e-mail only and the phone for phone calls. Its not possible to change our wireless carrier due to contractual obligations....

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in order for the BES to work with your BlackBerry you will need to have the BlackBerry APN i was not aware that t-mobile did not offer this service as every were i have been t-mobile has been able to support the BlackBerry even when roaming

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when colleagues from other offices come to town, they can roam with T-mobile Macedonia. However, T-mobile Macedonia does not offer BB services to companies nor to individuals. They only offer MDA devices and PUSH mail for windows phones.
The APN i can obtain from them is the t-mobile APN which i enter manually for GPRS/edge.

Is it possible to manually insert the blackberry APN? or is it a service book?
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I see its really strange as t-mobile are a big BlackBerry player

i dont think that will be the right APN you need to get t-mobile to add the blackberry.net APN with out that it will not work

the blackberry.net APN is what is needed to send the data between you blackberry the t-mobile network and the rim noc

sorry i could not be of more help to you
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can someone else please confirm that my wireless carrier needs to offer BB service in order for me to use the blackberry professional service?
is it possible to manually input the blackberry APN?
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Hey bro. Have you talked to your wireless carrier as they should know that? Does any carrier has contract with RIM in Makedonija? I don't see reason why BES would not work but thing is handheld needs to be initially provisioned by carrier...hmmm...How about you try and tell us it is kinna interesting to find out.
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Just found this:
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Thanks for the link to the press release. VIP (Vodafone) just started offering BIS and BES. However, I work for a large international agency that has corporate contract with T-mobile, so I am forced to use them as a wireless provider. In my numerous attempts to contact t-mobile and find out if they will offer BES or BIS anytime soon, they keep trying to sell me their crappy win mobile devices trying to convince me that it does the same.. haha

I guess i can sign up for BIS with Vodafone and acess my work mail like that, but that I would have to carry three devices.. (work phone, BB and private phone), which can be huge pain in the butt...

I guess I will get our IT guy to install the BPS and see if i can manage to fool t-mobile. For some reason, they must have access to the BlackBerry APN because lots of my business partners roam with t-mobile when they are visiting.
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