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Old 11-11-2008, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Folks,

I have been using the same Blackberry 7100T (?) for the past 3 years through T-Mobile. Thinking about moving to Bold from AT&T. However, I am used to a few features at T-Mobile. Can someone please confirm if they are available at AT&T as well?

1. Accessing corporate email without running BES: In our current setup, T-Mobile's server connects to our Exchange Server using OWA. Will it work the same way at AT&T?

2. Using Bold as a modem: With my old phone, I could get away without paying network connection charges at hotels. Does AT&T support using Bold as a modem?

3. VPN support: Although I could get my laptop on the Internet, I was never successful in doing a VPN connection to the office. Wondering if I will have better chances going with AT&T.

4. Monthly fee: Currently, I pay $45 (1000 minutes) + $20 for unlimited data access. Is AT&T better or worse?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 11-11-2008, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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regarding #3 - you have to tell TMob that you need the VPN-enabled service. I dont have all the detail son this, but I recall there are two options. I am ble to connect via (Cisco) VPN through a BB tether.
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1. Do you mean accessing OWA via the Blackberry browser? If so, yes.
2. I'm fairly certain that you will need the plan that has tethering unless there is some hack that allows you to tether on the other "non-tether" plans.
3. Can't answer that one.
4. It's going to be significantly more expensive. I paid appx. $75 per month for 1000 minutes (voice) + BIS (data) with T-Mobile and I'm estimating ~$110 with 450 minutes (voice) + BIS/messaging (unlimited data) with AT&T.

Several reasons why I made the switch:

1) The Bold
2) Coverage - T-Mobile has poor coverage outside of metro areas and AT&T not only has voice coverage in the areas where my in-laws live, they have data coverage as well.
3) 3G - It's anyone's guess when T-Mobile will catch up in this regard. Frankly, I got tired of waiting.

I'm very happy I made the switch regardless of the premium I'm paying. The Bold made the move ever so easy and AT&T's coverage was icing on the cake.
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Thank you all for your help.

Mason. On #1, I did not mean browsing OWA website. Actually, T-Mobile has a server in place at bis.t-mobile.com. Here, you configure various email servers you communicate with. This server periodically polls your email server and forwards any new emails to your blackberry.

With OWA, *you* have to look for email. With this mechanism, the email comes to you.

I hope AT&T also has a similar service in place.

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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OK.

1. yes http://www.wireless.att.com/blackberrystart
(you can not migrate your account nor rules between carriers - sorry)
2. Yes assuming you don't do insane things like bitorrenting over your tethered connection, they do watch(so I have heard)
3. Not sure
4. a bunch more. Does your company have a nation wide account? Get a the fan # or use your email and see if you can get a personal discount. Otherwise you will be paying a bunch more. Tmobile is sadily cheap for a reason, great cs, horrible coverage.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Peter why not use an unlocked Bold and stay on TMO?
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