Originally Posted by f!ver
How come im not cool enought to have a BES server...my company wont get one...they think its not worth the money.
I just want one so i can surf the web, and use the office connection..rather than pay 40+ a mo. for cingulars web access.
Am I right...thats one of the things you can do with a BES server?
Sort of, not really. In order to have full Blackberry capability you need to have the Blackberry data package (unlimited for Cingular is $45 on top of a voice plan). This gets you a BIS, allowing you to have up to 10 email accts on your BB (with only 1 that you can send from). This also gives you the basic abilities in syncing - you can sync your calendars, emails, tasks and contacts with your PC - through a USB cable. Now, if you want to be able to sync with those things wirelessly, from anywhere in the world, instantly, then you will need a BES. The BES will give you online access to an Outlook Web Server (an online version of Outlook), and real time syncing with your BB (without cable connection) with you PC's Outlook (or Entourage if you use Mac). Either your company can purchase and host a BES, or you can do it on your own through a hosted BES such as www.link2exchange.com
, or www.mailstreet.com
. These each cost about $20 per month and give you the syncing abilities I mentioned earlier. They also give you MDS support, which lets you use third party apps like instant messaging applications and mapping or weather applications, without incurring additional charges from Cingular (there is debate about Cingular's charging methods - some get additional charges per use for 3rd party apps and some do not, like me, but the consensus is that eventually all users will get charged for them). So to get the full use of a BB you will need an unlimited data plan, PLUS either a company BES or a hosted BES.