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Dear all,

I am currently specking out a plan for our firm to adopt BBs. We are a small firm, and there will only be 3 users (tops 4). This is in the UK I might add.

What we need is the following:-
  • Email
  • calendar access, (with Sync and ability to view other peoples diaries)
  • Some form of VPN access to allow us access to our file server (the VPN is setup, but i am not 100% sure whether BBs do VPN or not, (i know they can go through to an intranet, but does that mean it will go to directory to download/view files?)
  • Phone calls
  • Not too pricey (per month)
  • I personally would like to be able to administor our systems whilst I am out of the office, so the ability to do remote desktop would be good, but would that be done by using the BB as a modem?

I have been to the major phone sites, (O2, T-Mobile etc) and I have checked out what they have to offer, in terms of handsets and price plans. I have come to the following assumptions, which, if you can critique I would be most happy!

1) O2 seems to be the most organised at this, there site is the most informative, and tells you (I think!) what I need.

2) As we are a small firm, I believe that we need to have 'Small Business Edition Blackberry Enterprise Server' to allow us to achieve this?

3) From O2, I believe that the better BB, for what we want would be the 8707g? The Pearl is too much like a phone, and as my boss is a staunch XDA man, (until he had it stolen last week, hence this push towards the BB) I think he would prefer to be dealing with something slightly bigger, and with a nicer keypad

Can anyone offer any advice? Am I wrong in my assumptions? What are the sort of costs (actual) involved with BBs?

I am producing a little document about our options, and anything you guys could fill me in on would be great!

Thanks in advance

Richard @ ::: David Mason Consultancy :::

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