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Old 03-09-2009, 02:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently part of a corporate set up using my blackberry on BES. Standard stuff.

I am setting up on my own and from what I understand BIS is a better 'one man band solution'. But from what I understand only email is 'pushed'. My new business email will be outsourced so I will be using MS Exchange 2007. The outsourced company has a 5 per month service to add BES so I assume it is possible to have a BES account.

My question is this? Is it technically and financially possible to have a single user on a BES account with a UK operator? I have a horrible feeling that the UK operators will have a problem understanding a BES requirement for a single user...

Or...does BIS provide more than I realise...?

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Hi Neil,
Yes it is, and most UK operators will do this, there are a few exceptions, such as Orange (you require a corp account) 3 (who don't offer BlackBerry Plans) and Virgin (for the same reason).

However I'm on a personal plan with Vodafone, and just called them up to add on the BES package, you just have to make sure you're talking to someone who knows about BlackBerry plans or you'll spend for ever having to explain the differences.
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Hi Neil,
Yes it is, and most UK operators will do this, there are a few exceptions, such as Orange (you require a corp account) 3 (who don't offer BlackBerry Plans) and Virgin (for the same reason).

However I'm on a personal plan with Vodafone, and just called them up to add on the BES package, you just have to make sure you're talking to someone who knows about BlackBerry plans or you'll spend for ever having to explain the differences.
Thanks for the response. So you're as single user on a BES account with VF?

How much do they charge? I assume it's an ammount on top of whatever tarriff your on?
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Are you saying that email is only pushed with BES and not BIS?
I'm not clear as to why you think BIS wont work for you?
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I am guessing the OP is looking for contacts and calendar to be OTA push as well. No idea if BIS does this or not.
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Are you saying that email is only pushed with BES and not BIS?
I'm not clear as to why you think BIS wont work for you?
No -- he's saying that BIS only pushes email. It does not perform OTA sync of the PIM apps (calendar, address book, tasks, notes) like BES does.
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No -- he's saying that BIS only pushes email. It does not perform OTA sync of the PIM apps (calendar, address book, tasks, notes) like BES does.
As I understand it, BIS only does OTA with email. I need the rest done. However its looking like a BES account for a single user is expensive. I may as well use MS Activesync as thats free.
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BES will run you about $10US from most hosts. Also, with most hosts activesync is free with a Exchange mailbox (usually cheaper data plan as well).
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My company has about 10 peeople on BES but we all have our own contracts with different carriers (we just put the cost on our expenses), so are all 1-man-bands effectively.
O2 had trouble getting understanding/ me onto this and its quite pricey, the BES part adds 28 per month onto a normal contract.
Other colleagues are on Vodafone and Orange and both carriers had great difficulty getting to grips with the concept of an individual being on a BES.
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