My wife and I have ordered, but not yet received, two BlackBerry Curves. I use Gmail and she uses Hotmail as our personal email addresses.
I am assuming that the best way to access our personal accounts will be to use BIS for push access. These are going to be our personal BlackBerrys and are not on a BES.
How seamless is the access to Hotmail and Gmail using BIS? If we send a message from our handheld, will it show up in our Sent Items in our Hotmail/Gmail accounts? If we delete on the handheld/PC will it delete in the other location automatically? Will messages sent from our handheld have the appropriate Gmail/Hotmail email address associated with them?
Also, can you back-up/restore contact information using BIS? Without syncing your handheld to your local PC?
The last time I used a BlackBerry was in 2003/04, it was set-up with my company's BES and Microsoft Exchange, so all of these things worked well. I am hoping that BIS has come a long way in 5 years and can make all of those things happen with our personal email accounts now