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Old 08-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New guy here with t-mobile. Totally new to blackberry so bare with me. I currently am using a hosted exchange service for email and the Black berry enterprise email. I"m really unhappy with the hosted service and would like to switch and am thinking of going with the google apps gmail service so we can keep our own domain. The other thing that is really important to us to have a calendar that can sink with our outlook calendar. I"m thinking the google calender will do that as well. Will this give me the same features that the exchange server will? Full sync of email and calender to the back berry and back to outlook? Do I need to keep the enterprise email as well or can I just drop down to data only? Thanks
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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HI,
New guy here with t-mobile. Totally new to blackberry so bare with me. I currently am using a hosted exchange service for email and the Black berry enterprise email. I"m really unhappy with the hosted service and would like to switch and am thinking of going with the google apps gmail service so we can keep our own domain. The other thing that is really important to us to have a calendar that can sink with our outlook calendar. I"m thinking the google calender will do that as well. Will this give me the same features that the exchange server will? Full sync of email and calender to the back berry and back to outlook? Do I need to keep the enterprise email as well or can I just drop down to data only? Thanks
It won't give you the same features as a BES service would. You won't be able to synchronize with the BB using Google Calendar unless you use Google Sync on for both Outlook and the BB. I use this configuration for work and it works good enough for me. I have heard some people say that it has bugs but I have yet to come across any myself.

For the email sync part you can use regular BIS from your carrier. And yes, you can get rid of the enterprise email option if you decide to go this route and go with the cheaper data plan.
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Both me and my wife use Google sync on our BBs. I use Google sync w/Outlook 2007 on the laptop as well. We both share our family google calendar on the BBs so we always have a current calendar with us. Perfect? no, but very functional!
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Googel Apps and Outlook work just fine for me. I use the Google Sync application on my computers and on my BlackBerry. IMAP mail through Gmail allows me to access my mail from any computer that I am on and the calendar sync is very good. Not great, but very good.

It lacks contact sync and task list or task sync. The calendar sync application hangs on the PC from time to time. You also don't want to try to mesh an existing Google calendar and an existing Outlook calendar. You will end up with a lot of duplicates and even a few missed entries.

I cleaned up my Outlook calendar, started with a fresh Google calendar and haven't had an issue with it since. I can add appointments from anywhere and everything stays in sync.

I use Plaxo but only for contact and task list sync with my main desktop workstation and notebook. I then sync the BB to my desktop for daily backup and to get new tasks and contacts over to that. This allows me to add contacts or tasks from any device and everything there stays in sync.

In short, I give Google $500 a year for my 10 users. I used to pay my hosted Exchange provider $150 a month for the same 10 users. Is it the same? No, it's not the same. Is it good enough? For my small business it is. And it gets better as time goes on.
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