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Old 05-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I have recently re-located to China, and I'm using China Mobile as my carrier. I'm currently on a BIS plan, but I'd like to move to a BES plan to connect to my company's BES server in Canada.

My issue is this: If I want to sign up for a BES plan in China, they will ask me for a local company's BES server to connect to. (I can't simply buy a BES plan and activate it however I want. I assume this is how it works elsewhere.)

Since my company isn't registered anywhere in China, I can't give them my company's information. If I just gave them any company name (e.g. Microsoft, Google), I believe they would lock me into those company's BES servers in China. (I wouldn't actually do this, I'm just using this as an example.)

My questions:
  1. Is it possible to buy a BES plan with China Mobile without having to connect to a local BES server?
  2. If not, is there an easy and inexpensive way to register my company in China so that I can connect to a foreign BES server?
  3. Finally, if everything else fails, is there a workaround (e.g. BES proxy) that I can use to bypass China's strict mobile laws?

Thank you in advance,

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It's dicy in China. In most countries you can just get a BES plan and connect it to any BES worldwide.

To your questions:
1. No, I don't believe so.
2. Definitely not.
3. I would work with your company and see if they will set up a BES Express server for you. That works over a BIS plan but gives BES features.
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Thanks dc/dc. I've done some independent research and my conclusions closely match what you wrote.

I'll ask my IT department about setting up a BES Express server, but I'm pretty sure I already know what the answer will be.

Nothing's easy to set up in China.
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Thanks dc/dc. I've done some independent research and my conclusions closely match what you wrote.

I'll ask my IT department about setting up a BES Express server, but I'm pretty sure I already know what the answer will be.

Nothing's easy to set up in China.
You have a good case for it though, particularly if they are planning to leave you in China for some time and wish for your productivity to remain high.
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