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Old 06-20-2007, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched and found some info on this but wasn't sure if it applied to my particular situation. Here is my problem...company is getting rid of phones and getting everyone just above me BBs..upgrading from Treos. Everyone else needs to get their own phones and I'd like to know if I purchase my own BB unit on Sprint (the same carrier as company) will I be able to set up my current email for push access??

We have a corporate Microsoft Exchange server which I have an email account on but don't know much more than that.

I can access through OWA (mail.companyname.com).

Getting any settings changed through IT will be like an act of congress (read - impossible).

I will be able to see any settings from everyone else's device once they all upgrade.

Getting push email would be the only reason I'd get a BB, doing a "forward from computer always on" I could figure out, but doesn't really apply to me since I don't have a traditional "office".

Am I on a sinking ship here folks? Also will I need the unlimited data plan, etc. when/if I get my device.

I'm a BB newbie so if I missed something in here that would help you answer please ask.

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Old 06-20-2007, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have a corporate Microsoft Exchange server which I have an email account on but don't know much more than that.

--- Since you wont be on their BES, you don't need to know much more than that.

I can access through OWA (mail.companyname.com).

Then you'll be able to set up your company email address on your personal BB using BIS.

Getting any settings changed through IT will be like an act of congress (read - impossible).

--- You won't need to anyway.

I will be able to see any settings from everyone else's device once they all upgrade.

--- Doesn't make a difference. There's nothing useful you can get from someone else's BlackBerry... nor would you need anything from someone elses BlackBerry.

Getting push email would be the only reason I'd get a BB, doing a "forward from computer always on" I could figure out, but doesn't really apply to me since I don't have a traditional "office".


--- You won't need to "forward from your computer always on" because you can use BIS.


Also will I need the unlimited data plan, etc. when/if I get my device.

--- Yes, you should get the unlimited Blackberry data plan.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just want to make sure I fully understand you before I go out and look to get one of these.

Again, I apologize if I'm asking questions that sound ignorant but I'm the learn by doing type and I haven't really played with one of these yet. Also the more I read in other threads the less clear it is. So here goes:

Will the BIS service still push my emails to me if they're not POP/IMAP? I keep seeing those listed in other threads but nothing about exchange server emails. (it doesn't matter if they're delayed 15 minutes, etc.)

Will I be able to see/edit/get reminders on the outlook server's calendar wirelessly or is that something I have to "sync" with my laptop's outlook client?

I don't have to log into my OWA outlook server through a web browser every time in order to get these emails correct?

Setting up the BIS service can be done through my laptop when it's connected and such and it'll copy my current settings from my outlook client?

I think I'm pretty close to picking one of these up if this is true.

thanks for your reply penguin3107!!!
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just want to make sure I fully understand you before I go out and look to get one of these.

Again, I apologize if I'm asking questions that sound ignorant but I'm the learn by doing type and I haven't really played with one of these yet. Also the more I read in other threads the less clear it is. So here goes:

xxx8226; Will the BIS service still push my emails to me if they're not POP/IMAP? I keep seeing those listed in other threads but nothing about exchange server emails. (it doesn't matter if they're delayed 15 minutes, etc.)

Yes

xxx8226; Will I be able to see/edit/get reminders on the outlook server's calendar wirelessly or is that something I have to "sync" with my laptop's outlook client?

Using BIS, you will need to sync with Outlook. Wireless sync is only available with BES. You will be able to get alarms/reminders if they are set up in Outlook's calendar or on the BB calendar.

xxx8226; I don't have to log into my OWA outlook server through a web browser every time in order to get these emails correct?

That is correct. Email is viewed in the Messages folder on the BB.

xxx8226; Setting up the BIS service can be done through my laptop when it's connected and such and it'll copy my current settings from my outlook client?

I think you will need to log into your BIS account and set up each email account there, similarly to what you have to do to set up and Outlook email account. I do not know if the new Desktop Manager will do that for you or not.

I think I'm pretty close to picking one of these up if this is true.

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Old 06-21-2007, 08:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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To clairfy, each carrier has a BIS site where BIS users can log in and modify their BIS accounts. You can set up BIS on your BB but I find it's easier to use the browser on your PC to log into your carrier's BIS site to make these sorts of changes. You'll just need the typical info (address, ID, password, etc) for each email account that you're integrating with BIS.

Just be aware that not all OWA-accessible Exchange accounts can be integrated with BIS via OWA. I have two accounts on separate Exchange servers that can't...

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How can you tell if a particular OWA account is accessible through BIS?
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I picked one up and as I figured, somehow my company has blocked access for me to set up the address through BIS. I've tried it a number of different ways http, https, and so far no luck. I can pick up emails off the web browser if I log in that way but that defeats the purpose of have a BB. I guess I'll give it some more tries before I return it.
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