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Old 07-08-2006, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, i am considering implementing a BES server for our office, with approx 20 bb's. Do i need to change anything with the handsets or data plans that they are on for this to work??


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You need to make sure that the data plans are BES capable. Some carriers split the data plans into a consumer (BIS only) and corporate (BIS and BES). Both Cingular and T-Mobile do this, would assume others as well.
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You need to make sure that the data plans are BES capable. Some carriers split the data plans into a consumer (BIS only) and corporate (BIS and BES). Both Cingular and T-Mobile do this, would assume others as well.
I support BB's and as far as I know, Cingular does not have two different data plans.

I checked on their Web site, but it's unclear what's really available. They have a section titled "BlackBerry Data Access" that "may not be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server to access corporate e-mail", but there's no link or price for it.

There's "Blackberry Personal Plan - Unlimited" which "May be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server to access corporate email' for $34.99/Month.

There are also two other data plans, but they're $40 and $50 per moth each, and I don't see what they give you that the $35 unlimited plan doesn't give you!

All that said, whenever you're getting a BlackBerry that's connecting to your corporate email, or if you intend to use a BES service provider, you should make sure you tell them you need an Enterprise data plan.
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I support the Blackberry for US Cellular. One data plan (well, one for add-on to a voice, and another for just data, but both provide the same data services). Access to a company's BES is permitted in that service.
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Alltel had to add the capability to connect to a BES on my 7250 (I went to a hosting service, and had been having problems activating).
A quick call, and they set up my account for both BIS and BES.
Wouldnt work on the BES until they did this, though.
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I support BB's and as far as I know, Cingular does not have two different data plans.

I checked on their Web site, but it's unclear what's really available. They have a section titled "BlackBerry Data Access" that "may not be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server to access corporate e-mail", but there's no link or price for it.

There's "Blackberry Personal Plan - Unlimited" which "May be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server to access corporate email' for $34.99/Month.

There are also two other data plans, but they're $40 and $50 per moth each, and I don't see what they give you that the $35 unlimited plan doesn't give you!

All that said, whenever you're getting a BlackBerry that's connecting to your corporate email, or if you intend to use a BES service provider, you should make sure you tell them you need an Enterprise data plan.
I thought with Cingular there was:

$49.99 BES plan
$34.99 BIS plan without voice plan
$29.99 BIS plan with voice plan.

In fact this page only shows a $49.99 and a limited $39.99 plan.

Maybe our friend from Cingular can chime in.
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