03-13-2006, 09:28 AM
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Please see the email chain below; has anyone else experienced this problem? - it seems that a BB is the only way of communicating reliably with my non-pop3 corporate email, yet no-one is thinking about empowering a PC to do the same with a light, fast email client similar to the Blackberry push email, or enabling a BB to be used more comfortanly on a full-size screen/keyboard:
None of your requirements are in our current or projected product plans. Sorry.
From: Nick Coote
Sent: 13 March 2006 12:26
Subject: RE: "Virtual Blackberry" enquiry
Thanks for your quick reply - I just want to make two points:
1. You have the power to make this software exist or not - I assume when you say that "it does not exist" that you mean that it is not currently on your agenda as a project.
2. You haven't really addressed my questions: you have a very fast, very good push email client that is packaged in a tiny box. My choice is to use your tiny box or use a PC via a VPN/Lotus Notes that usually doesn't work, or - if it does so - does it very slowly. You have not addressed my idea of either empowering a Blackberry device with a larger screen & keyboard nor with the concept of having a "virtual Blackberry" which is entirely PC-based.
RE: "Virtual Blackberry" enquiry
Thank you for contacting Research In Motion about BlackBerryxxx174;.
You are not the first person to have asked about this. However, what you want to do does not exist. The mobile network operators, for example (and there are others) Vodafone sells a data card for wireless connectivity to receive data to a pc. The BlackBerry is not designed as a modem. Sorry.
From: Nick Coote
Sent: 12 March 2006 08:21
As the Technical Manager for a large multinational, I am constantly on the road & so rely heavily on Blackberry services. We have two BES's, one in the UK & one in the USA, running Lotus Notes. I have a problem - not with the excellent Blackberry services & devices (thank you) - but with PC connections: I believe you could be able to help.
The problem is frankly quite absurd: when travelling, even though I carry a full-blown laptop PC with me, in the hotel room I am very often reading & responding to email on the Blackberry only. The reason is the connection: if I'm in a location without broadband cable or WiFi connection (which is very often), our VPN plus Lotus Notes, or even just iNotes, is simply too much for a GPRS connection to laptop using a regular mobile phone as an external modem. These services are really designed for broadband: even a dial-up fixed line connection is very slow & likely to failure. In contrast, the Blackberry always works where there is a GPRS signal - which is in most places these days. Even if I am lucky enough to get such a connection via the laptop, the Blackberry is usually much faster, even taking into account the fiddly little keyboard & squinting at the screen.
I have already asked my IT department to do something to try to make the VPN/ Lotus Notes less byte-hungry: the Blackberry service clearly indicates that it IS possible to connect to my corporate email via a much lighter email client - but I think this idea is too "out-of-the-box" for them. What I have suggested is either:
a. a piece of remote viewing/input software which will allow me to control & view my Blackberry from the full-size keyboard & screen of my PC, or
b. a piece of PC software that emulates a Blackberry device - a "virtual Blackberry" - which will allow connection via a regular GPRS-enabled phone or by using the existing Blackberry modem externally connected to the laptop.
I've scanned the Web to try to find something like this, but have not turned up anything. However, I would be very surprised if I am the first to be thinking along these lines, and would be very grateful for your advice & suggestions. Basically, your service & e-mail software is just too good to be confined to the miniature Blackberry devices alone.