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Old 03-27-2009, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, this is my first post here.



I donít want to sound negative or anti Vodafone UK. Nothing is further from the truth and I would like to own a Blackberry, butÖÖ.



At present, I am with 3 and I have their X Series Silver package (£5 month) which gives me 1 GB of data and all of my email is pushed to my phone via 3ís Email on 3 service at no extra charge. I use an HTC tytn II phone running Windows Mobile 6. I have my own domain in the UK for email hosted by Strato (German Company). This is an IMAP account.



New massages always appear on the phone within 1 minute of them being sent and this is sometimes before they appear in Outlook. The phone is perfectly 2 way synced OTA with my desktop and laptop and all subfolders within my IMAP account appear on the phone. I use Plaxo Mobile to OTA sync the outlook calendar and contacts (about £3 per month). So for £8 per month extra to my phone contract, I get 1 GB of data and perfectly OTA 2 way synced mail, calendar and contacts.



I was under the impression that Blackberry was the "THE" device for mobile Email. I thought that the Blackberry was what it was all about. Email Email Email! I donít mind paying a bit extra for a contract for a snazzy new Blackberry phone which will handle email, calendar and contacts with panache! But will it?



My understanding from a little bit of research is that the Blackberry isnít very good on the BIS service. It wonít 2 way sync my mail (one way only), it wonít load up sub folders within my IMAP account, it wonít sync my Calendar and it wonít Sync my contacts. Oh, but it will if I shell out a bucket load more cash for the BES service on top of everything else, but why should I when I can get it all at a fraction of the cost with 3 on a Windows based phone? The vast amount extra for the same service on a different phone does not make ecconomic sense.



Please, someone tell me that I have got this all wrong because I really canít see the point of the Blackberry. It does not seem to be very good at what it is supposed to excel at.



I would love to have a Blackberry and will join Vodafone to get one. But I just canít live with the inferior service. Unless, as I say, I have miss-understood something because at the moment. I just don't get it.



Help or advice gratefully received!
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Hi Knife,
Welcome to the forum, and thanks for your first post.

BIS has consumer routes to it , and all most consumers are worried about is the sync of their inbox, the ability to have internet, some IM clients and a good device.

As you're hosing our own domain, I'd expect that you'd be wanting more from your device than just that.

As you host your own domain (and I'm guessing exchange/domino sever??) thne you may be interested in BPS (BlackBerry Professional Server) BlackBerry - BlackBerry Professional Software which is pretty much a fully fledged BES but limited in (very few) areas, and limits you to 30 users.
BPS is free from RIM (BlackBerry) and comes with 1 free CAL for your device. This will give you so much more that a Windows mobile device could ever give you, all be it most at the back end.
You've got to remember that BlackBerry is born from corporate roots, and has enterprise functionality at it's heart.

There is so so much that a BlackBerry can offer you over a windows mobile device and there are plenty of threads that can give you the pros and cons if you do a quick search on this site.
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BlackBerry is the best device and service in the world for e-mail, including BIS service.

That said, if your setup is meeting your needs, then don't change. Simple as that.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

I think I should stick with what I currently have. I do like the look of the Blackberry and that was probably my main motivation for changing. However, I can't give up the service that i currently have just for a nice looking phone.

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Thanks for the quick replies.

I think I should stick with what I currently have. I do like the look of the Blackberry and that was probably my main motivation for changing. However, I can't give up the service that i currently have just for a nice looking phone.

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Agree. If what you have works for you and isn't broken, there is no real need to fix it with a BB.
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