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Old 05-07-2005, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I posted this to the hosted BES/MDS FAQ, but got no response. Probably
the wrong place.

I've been studying the FAQs, and am still not sure what to do. I may have
missed something obvious.

I've been completely frustrated by Cingular and have just about given
up on wap.cingular as an apn. I need to ssh to my desktop rarely,
but when I need it, I need it bad. Cingular has done little but
waste a lot of my time:

Success with Cingular, TCP/IP, and wap.cingular

So, I have some questions about the FAQs. I'm not sure what has changed
since 4.0 and BWC became options.

1. If I sign up for BES/MDS, can I forget about wap.cingular for
things like

ssh, PocketDay weather/stocks, IM, ...

and get them to work with MDS? I just found out that wap.cingular
isn't working when I put the unlimited international data plan on my
Cingular feature list. Not only that, the morons at cingular did not
cancell my domestic plan, so now they're billing me for $100/month.
I've had it!

2. Is there anything that I'll need an apn for at all? Can I cancel the
media net $5/month plan cingular is making me use for the apn?
Do any of you BES people care about apn? The FAQ says that MDS
is like TCP/IP. Is the set up the same? Do I do this in
options->tcp?

3. The FAQs talk about roaming. Is this a problem in urban areas in
Europe and Asia? International service is a big deal for me.

Have I missed something about BWC? I'll be in Frankfurt and
Stockholm in two weeks, and email needs to work for me.
If the cingular BWC won't work in major cities in Europe, please warn me.
4. I'm a MAC/Linux person, and use my windows partition as little as
possible. It seems some of the hosted services let me run outlook
via the web. Is that right? Which are the most MAC-friendly? I use
yahoo for my calendar now, so switching to a hosted outlook won't
hurt too much. All my contacts live on the 7100g, so having them on
the web where they're easy to edit wouldn't hurt either.

It seems that for $25/month from mailstreet, for example, I can get
BES/MDS + web outlook + spam filtering. That seems to be the best
option for me, and some of the FAQs recommend it for MACs. However,
I'm now seeing pretty scary posts

Woke up this morning and all contacts gone!

How serious is this? I won't by syncing with any microsoft products on
my own machines, only OTA (I hope). Is mailstreet likely to eat my
contacts? Is link2exchance safer?

5. I'll probably need good tech support (and I'm NOT getting it from
Cingular). Which of these guys has that?

6. The FAQ talks about improved browser speed. Will I get a new browser
with BES/MDS or will the speed of the BB browser simply improve?

7. Will I need to reinstall the desktop if I don't plan to sync the BB with the
laptop where my windows partition lives?

Thanks in advance.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by dulcamara
I posted this to the hosted BES/MDS FAQ, but got no response. Probably
the wrong place.

I've been studying the FAQs, and am still not sure what to do. I may have
missed something obvious.

I've been completely frustrated by Cingular and have just about given
up on wap.cingular as an apn. I need to ssh to my desktop rarely,
but when I need it, I need it bad. Cingular has done little but
waste a lot of my time:

Success with Cingular, TCP/IP, and wap.cingular

So, I have some questions about the FAQs. I'm not sure what has changed
since 4.0 and BWC became options.

1. If I sign up for BES/MDS, can I forget about wap.cingular for
things like

ssh, PocketDay weather/stocks, IM, ...

and get them to work with MDS? I just found out that wap.cingular
isn't working when I put the unlimited international data plan on my
Cingular feature list. Not only that, the morons at cingular did not
cancell my domestic plan, so now they're billing me for $100/month.
I've had it!

2. Is there anything that I'll need an apn for at all? Can I cancel the
media net $5/month plan cingular is making me use for the apn?
Do any of you BES people care about apn? The FAQ says that MDS
is like TCP/IP. Is the set up the same? Do I do this in
options->tcp?

3. The FAQs talk about roaming. Is this a problem in urban areas in
Europe and Asia? International service is a big deal for me.

Have I missed something about BWC? I'll be in Frankfurt and
Stockholm in two weeks, and email needs to work for me.
If the cingular BWC won't work in major cities in Europe, please warn me.
4. I'm a MAC/Linux person, and use my windows partition as little as
possible. It seems some of the hosted services let me run outlook
via the web. Is that right? Which are the most MAC-friendly? I use
yahoo for my calendar now, so switching to a hosted outlook won't
hurt too much. All my contacts live on the 7100g, so having them on
the web where they're easy to edit wouldn't hurt either.

It seems that for $25/month from mailstreet, for example, I can get
BES/MDS + web outlook + spam filtering. That seems to be the best
option for me, and some of the FAQs recommend it for MACs. However,
I'm now seeing pretty scary posts

Woke up this morning and all contacts gone!

How serious is this? I won't by syncing with any microsoft products on
my own machines, only OTA (I hope). Is mailstreet likely to eat my
contacts? Is link2exchance safer?

5. I'll probably need good tech support (and I'm NOT getting it from
Cingular). Which of these guys has that?

6. The FAQ talks about improved browser speed. Will I get a new browser
with BES/MDS or will the speed of the BB browser simply improve?

7. Will I need to reinstall the desktop if I don't plan to sync the BB with the
laptop where my windows partition lives?

Thanks in advance.


I can only tell you that Mailstreet has worked very well for me for over 8+ months now. Only one minor issue that the mailstreet techs worked on for a few hours one night and got resolved.

Compared to Cingulars tech support these guys blow them away. My service has never been down either (knocking on wood here).

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My experience with Mailstreet has been very positive.
With myblueberry, I couldn't say the man who owns and runs it is a scam artist, but I didn't find it to be a very good service. You can do a search in the forums for people's experiences.
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