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Old 06-03-2007, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My job has a ms exchange server set up with ms smartphones syncing for employees. I am thinking about switching to a BB. I am looking for solutions- The 3 things that I like about the ms smartphone system are:

1)You are able to send an email from your phone and then see it on your desktop sent items when you return to your desktop.
2) remote (OTA) syncing of contacts, calendar and email.
3)the ability to sync your desktop folders and also view them on your phone.

Can a BB do any of these 3 things?
My work would not want to buy a BB server - so what are my options or solutions?

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Old 06-03-2007, 08:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can do all of that except for the folder syncing, with BES express. Its free for a single user so that would work if its only you that would be using a blackberry.
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option95- Thanks for the response-

sorry I am a bit new to this- How do I get BES express? do I need to set it up with my ms exchange server? so its free for a single user? please explain-

Would I need my IT person or will Tmobile walk me through it?

Are there additional fee's from T mobile?

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BES express is free for a single user. It is also expandable (for additional fees) if you ever have more users get blackberrys. It gets installed onto the exchange server so you would need IT to help you. For more information click here.
There are no extra fees from TMO for using it and I don't think that you need there help for any of it. You do need it installed on the exchange server though.
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Please note that if this is for a BlackBerry attached to a corporate e-mail system, you should contact your IS department. A specific firewall port needs to be opened.

If should *never* be installed on the Exchange server - RIM always recommends it on another server near the Exchange server.

T-Mobile will not give you support - this comes from RIM.
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so i would have to buy an additional server to get this express to work?
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If this is for yourself, and you don't mind putting both on one, then go ahead. If this is for a business, RIM recommends putting BES on a different server than Exchange.
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I think in your case, BIS access would be better. You should really think about why you need OTA sync. My guess is you really do not need it. Most likely, you don't need instantaneous email delivery either, a 15 minute delay is probably good enough.

I seriously doubt if your company would pony up to add BES Express to their IT data center. It would be just something else to learn, to set up and to maintain, all for just one user.
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I appreciate everyones feedback-

My job has time sensitive projects - so I would need email as they come in- I think having the items that you send on your phone show up in your sent folder on your desktop is very important. I dont think BIS is the solution.

from what I gather - It sounds as if i should just stick to the wm6 device my job offers

I just wanted to find a solution because I like the BB platform better. I have had BB's in the past and think its a superior system to WM phones.

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