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Old 12-02-2005, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello folks! i wanted to know if i buy an unlocked BB, then can I use it with a carrier that does NOT support BB, via a thirdf party? I have an existing number from a carrier that doesnt support BB Connect. But I want to retain my ten year old number since all my business contacts have it. if i buy an unlocked GSM BB, how can I use Push Email and Calendar and mail sync?
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Why not just port your existing number to a carrier that does provide Blackberry service. I don't think there's any way to get email on a BB without a BB data plan

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thnaks rcbjr, but number porting is not possible. i will get a new number only, and thats something I want to avoid. I think BB should offer this push email service ndependent of subscriber, or maybe a third party should. I need a PDA Phone with Mail/Calendar sync, and BB is obviously my first choice.
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Each cell company that offers blackberry service has a secure gateway to the RIM servers that provide push mail services.

Without it, you can't get mail.
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I think BB should offer this push email service ndependent of subscriber, or maybe a third party should.
That's a lot like expecting a car maker to insure that you can drive your car around without paved roads... Well, worse than that, actually.

The reason that Blackberries work as they do is because of the underlying infrastructure which consists of much more than just the GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. The GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks are simply methods to enable access to RIM's infrastructure. Without the secure connection to RIM's network your Blackberry is a GSM phone with wired PDA sync to your PC. Not totally useless but you're not going to get email or internet-enabled features to work.

Microsoft's solution to push email might work in your situation but it's a ways down the road at the moment. Given their track record, they're going to need a lot of work after the initial release to get it working properly.

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Technically speaking, Microsoft doesn't have a push email system...it's still pull based. It basically opens an http connection that times out in 20 or 30 minutes. If an email is received in that time, it merely notifies the phone that there is new mail in the mailbox and the phone then does a regular poll of the mailbox.

But that's a bit off topic

Takeshi, How about "It would be like expecting a car maker to ensure that you can drive over a river without having a bridge."?

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