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Old 07-10-2006, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have an 8700c on tmobile, running a private berry plan for $20 a month.

Im looking to have my berry hooked up thru work, but i would also like to keep my personal tmo.blackberry.net account. I have read somewhere this can be done, but what are the downfalls?

if my company exchange goes down, will my personal berry account be affected?

also will the berry reconize what account mail is comming in on, so when i reply it replys from my business account when its business, and personal if its a personal email. I just dont want to have my personal stuff comming thru my work account, ie ebay, women, the usual.

and i dont want to mix sync my personal into my work contacts.

or should i just not bother and save the headache.

advice is greatly needed
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use my BB for both work (BES) and personal (BIS), but the downside of this is that your work will have a lot of control over your handset. How restrictive this is depends on your work policies and practices.

When you join BES a security policy is sent to your phone - just about any option that you can set on your BB currently can be set by the BES administrator and then locked so you can't change them. Therefore they could block your personal email etc.

In my case, they're not very restrictive so I can do just about anything I want. This is a huge plus for me - as well as all the business use, I can also pick up and respond to personal email. In my case the personal email doesn't go through work and I can use a separate web browser that also doesn't go through work.

There is only one contacts and calendar so if you (or your BES admin) enables 'wireless sync' then your personal and work contacts / calendar will be combined.

The BES security policy also makes it harder to move your BB to other systems / sell it. You can remove the security policy but it's not easy (secure wipe etc doesn't remove it).

Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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jax -- that's an excellent post. Thanks! Makes me think twice about hooking into the BES. So there's no way to fully remove the "taint" of a BES? Can the BES admins remove all effects of their security policy?
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jax -- that's an excellent post. Thanks! Makes me think twice about hooking into the BES. So there's no way to fully remove the "taint" of a BES? Can the BES admins remove all effects of their security policy?
Yes, the admins can send you a blank security policy before your BlackBerry and the BES part ways.

Your BlackBerry will know where mail came in from and respond accordingly. The only caveats are the combined contacts and any restrictions your BES might impose.
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...they could block your personal email etc.
Not exactly. BES admins have no way to stop incomig emails to outside addresses that you have configured on BIS. What they can do is stop you from being able to send outbound emails from BIS accounts on your BlackBerry. They can force all outbound email to go threw the BES server.
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