Originally Posted by bigjay8510
also i know ur email is synced, will this work with my gmail, yahoo, and school email?
Blackberries don't sync email, regardless of whether you use BES or BIS. You can reconcile but reconciliation is not the same thing as synchronization (hence the two different words). It will "work" with gmail, yahoo, and other mail if you forward it, but BES only really integrates with a few email systems (Exchange, Lotus Notes, etc). BES won't directly integrate with email like gmail or yahoo.
Originally Posted by Dubdub
I think you will still need a BB dataplan however. over and above the BES expense.
A dataplan is needed for any Blackberry provided that you want email/internet access. Your data plan comes from your carrier and only grants you access to a BES. The cost of the BES itself is separate expense.
Originally Posted by dulcamara
It's $20/month from most places. I use link2exhange. It's worth it to me for
1. wireless sync
2. no more 6 hour calls to cingular to sort our their errors in my bill
My email is IMAP, so I can't comment on gmail or yahoo.
It also seems that you don't have to worry about the APN nonsense with 3rd party apps either if you're on BES. I've never had to worry about configuring Google Maps or any IM app or even setting the APN in TCP/IP settings. Could be coincidental also -- I haven't really dug into the matter since it works. You definitely get much better integration with your mailbox with BES.