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Old 07-01-2009, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From what I'm reading, I'm one of the only people on the planet who doesn't know much about the "push" notifications!

I've owned a BlackBerry for a while but only recently began downloading more programs. I already regularly use Gmail on my phone, and I'd also like to start using AIM, which seems to be a battery sucker.

I hear using Push notification would help save my battery, which is now draining daily.

My preferences: notifications are not via e-mail and it is free.

Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you clarify what you mean by push notifications? Why do you think they'll save your battery (i.e. what battery-eating function would they replace)?
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Since you are on Verizon, I suspect that you have a Blackberry data plan. Do you access email through BIS (which would be push) or are you using the Gmail application? If I had to guess, I suspect that you have not optimally configured your Blackberry for receiving mails.
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I use the Gmail application.

I actually can't get BIS configured. I used it with my last BlackBerry, and it was awesome, but I haven't been able to create a new account with my Curve. The Web site (https://bis.na.blackberry.com/html?brand=vzw) tells me I must access that HTML on my phone to register a new account. When I try that, my BlackBerry tells me it cannot load that HTML.

The e-mail hasn't really been an issue, though. Nor has the data, as I have an unlimited plan.

My problem here is that leaving AIM logged in on my BlackBerry seems to be draining my battery life.

I used to communicate with someone regularly on BlackBerry IM, but that user now has an iPhone, so we're trying to use AIM instead. I want to find a way to stay available on AIM that doesn't kill my battery.

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Well, that email issue should get resolved, if only because the direct BIS connection is better IMHO. I'd get that fixed first.

As for IM, I personally use the BeeJive program which in the past was quite good. I have heard some rumbling of dissatisfaction about it recently, however, so you might want to explore that. AIM accounts can be accessed through BeeJive.
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ERm if you had an account setup in Verizon's BIS page with your old model; can you not just log in, use the "change device" option to change to the new PIN and you are good to go?

You don't need to setup a completely new account for a new device.
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No, unfortunately, I cannot just switch my device on my BIS account. I cannot remember my login, apparently, and Verizon is less than helpful in helping me find it. Or finding any other solution.

(Not surprising. They're the same carrier who took my broken phone, refurbished it and sent it to a new owner -- without every clearing it. The new owner was the very annoyed recipient of many personal e-mails intended for me.)

My push inquiry seems to have stalled. I appreciate those of you who took the time to respond, though.
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Ahhh...well...from what I know all you need to do is tell Verizon you've forgotten your login details for BIS and ask them to reset it, so you can re-create the account.

If they can't even do that.....they suck.
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No, unfortunately, I cannot just switch my device on my BIS account. I cannot remember my login, apparently, and Verizon is less than helpful in helping me find it. Or finding any other solution.

(Not surprising. They're the same carrier who took my broken phone, refurbished it and sent it to a new owner -- without every clearing it. The new owner was the very annoyed recipient of many personal e-mails intended for me.)

My push inquiry seems to have stalled. I appreciate those of you who took the time to respond, though.
Investigate BeeJive and IM+ for more efficient use of IM services that won't kill your battery.
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