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fwvagabond 11-24-2008 09:53 AM

Using Gmail mobile
I plan to get a Sprint 8330. Their website says in order to receive emails, one has to have an "email package" that costs $29.99/month. They are being quite vague about it, not specifying whether this service is required for using BIS/BWC or BES, or simpling using free downloads such as Gmail Mobile. Really, the latter is what I would use the BB for.

I searched the forum for similar posts and found this article "Methods of Receiving Email on BlackBerry" by Mark Rejhon. (I cannot post a link here because I have fewer than 10 posts.) However, it doesn't specifically address this question.

Can someone answer this? Thanks in advance.

Trimix 11-24-2008 11:09 AM

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That sounds like a BIS plan. You need to have some sort of data plan in order to have email access or to be able to use programs like the downloaded Gmail application.

fwvagabond 11-24-2008 11:13 AM

I already do have a data plan. I have unlimited web access and text messaging.

Here is my understanding of BIS: it "gathers" emails from up to 10 accounts for you and present them. I think that's the basis for the 29.99 charge. If I just use Gmail Mobile or Yahoo mail Mobile, using my unlimited web access but not any part of BIS, is BIS still required?

Trimix 11-24-2008 12:16 PM

BIS helps to "push" your emails to your device (yes up to 10 email accounts). That way you receive the emails as they come in -- you don't have to actively check your inbox to see if anything new has arrived.

I'm not too sure how Sprint does it, but most mobile companies have a standard internet/data/web plan for BlackBerry which is basically the BIS plan. For non-BB devices, they also have another data plan -- when you say you have a data plan are you referring to BIS or a normal non-BB data plan?

If you have BIS, then BIS is necessary in order to use Gmail Mobile only because BIS is like your ISP.

fwvagabond 11-24-2008 12:24 PM

What I have now is a non-BB data plan with a non-BB device. Does this mean I will have to get a BIS plan once I start using the BB?

This is why I can't believe I am required to pay the 29.99 monthly charge, if I don't setup anything thru BIS: many other phones (non-BB devices) can use Gmail mobile or Yahoo mail mobile for free by using their respective download apps . How can BB/Sprint force a charge when that's possible? If indeed Gmail mobile works outside of BIS, how can they force you to pay that charge and go thru BIS?

Trimix 11-24-2008 12:37 PM

The main draw of the BIS plan is its push email feature. It seems that when Sprint used that wording "In order to receive emails..." they are using receiving in the "push" sense. So without a BIS plan, you can't really have email pushed to your device.

FYI: customers who buy a BlackBerry through Verizon HAVE to get a BIS plan. Tmobile on the other hand is a lot more flexible. You dont have to get one if you dont want to.

fwvagabond 11-24-2008 12:49 PM

That's what I was thinking. If I don't mind not having the "push" functionality, then I shouldn't be forced into a $30 monthly charge.

Thanks for your help Trimix. Once I receive my BB and start using Gmail or Yahoo mail mobile, I will report back here if things are different, so others can benefit from this thread.

Trimix 11-24-2008 01:02 PM

That'd be great. Contributing to the knowledge base of this forum is what makes it so great.

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