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Old 02-03-2007, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I recieved an old blackberry as gift, it is a 7250 and has a Bell logo on it. I wanted to start fresh with it so I found a utility to wipe it completely and I reloaded version 4.1 (latest I think) of Bell's software.
I have read on here that TCP is not available which is fine however I do have a few questions.
-Should I be able to use the desktop redirector to synchronize e-mail with my Outlook and the BB?
-What features are available without a dataplan?
-Do I have to use Bell's OS or can I load Telus/Rogers etc on this BB (Canadian)

I'm not ready to pick a provider so I was thinking I could use the bb as a pda and a cell phone for a month or two then decide.
Thanks for the help.
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Should I be able to use the desktop redirector to synchronize e-mail with my Outlook and the BB?
Desktop Redirector will forward the e-mail from Outlook to your BB. This requires you to leave the PC on and logged in to your network 24X7

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-What features are available without a dataplan?
Voice and SMS/Text messaging only. No e-mail - not even redirector

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-Do I have to use Bell's OS or can I load Telus/Rogers etc on this BB (Canadian)
All of the code is written by RIM. The carriers test and release it. You can run any version;
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So it looks like I will need a dataplan to use the Desktop Redirector even..
I figured I could sync with my outlook with the Desktop Manager and the USB cable, sort of like a palm.
Until I get a dataplan I have a large cell phone.
I'm downloading the BES Express server as I run my own exchange server just to see what it does but my expectations are not very high.
Thanks again for the help.
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No matter what you do, you will still have to have a data plan.
No data = No email.
But, you can run the BES express and once you get a data plan have a wonderful Blackberry experience.
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Like I said I'm new to BlackBerrys but I have a little IT experience. I signed up for and downloaded the BES Express server (225MB) I installed it on my local PC, it requires an SQL Server (MSDE) and local exchange server which I have. After the install I added myself as a user and as expected only one user can be added. In the Desktop Manager's --> E-mail Settings I used the profile created by the BESE install. I restarted the director and now I have e-mail flowing to my BB-7250, no data plan at all in fact I have not even activated it as a cell phone yet.
I'm still experimenting.
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If the BB is a GSM phone, then you can unlock it and run it with any carrier, as long as they will allow it on their network, If its CDMA, then you are stuck with service with the brand.

I don't know much about Bell or Telus/Rogers to say which it is. I am sure one of the forum members can shed some light on it however.
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