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Old 10-05-2004, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I've decided to go ahead and finally make the switch. I highly considered a Blackberry when i was with NEXTEL but never had my questions clearly answered. I am no on T-Mobile and have seen the new 7100t that has just been released. I called and ordered mine today for $160 after rebate but wont be here til the 11th of Oct. I had lots of questions and tons of research to do before it actually gets here. I thought I knew enough about it but with the new release so many new QUESTIONS started popping up !!

Anyway here goes... I will first explain what I have and what I want to use the device for and what types of email(s) accounts I will be setting up.

First my main email account is through my ISP which is SBCGlobal. This is my primary email account which is POP3 based. I would like to check my gmail account.

I want to be able to FULLY browse ALL websites including https sites. Would I need to purchase any specific plans for this to be done ?

Here comes my first question: By Signing up with T-Mobile $29.98 or $19.99 (i have not seen this plan advertised, can someone shed some light) will I be able to check email on either of these plans ?

I do not want nor need access to Corporate e-mail.

Second question: To receive e-mail from a POP account it is my understanding it is basically forwarded to you and checked every 15 min ?

(in relation to the question above)Third questions:How is this routed/set-up and is there anyway to receive e-mails (via POP3)in real-time with no delay? Or is the provided blackberry email the only email you can receive "in real time"

Fourth question: I have heard several issues/complaints about web browsing on the 7100t specifically, that browsing is particularly slow ? Is this true for most of you 7100 users ? and if any way to speed it up or is this solely based on T-mobiles servers or blackberrys process capabilities ?

Fifth Question: By purchasing T-Mobiles plan(s) do they provide MDS services ? for FULL WEB ACCESS ? Or does the 7100 not require this ? If so would it be possible to setup an MDS on my own personal computer ?

Sorry if these questions are n00bish but im totally new to the blackberry scene and I am eager to learn but you have to start somewhere... I have been reading the FAQ's and old threads and gaining tons of info but some info I was still UNCLEAR on... thanks.
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I'll give it a shot. My numbered responses don't coordinate to your question numbers, but more towards the various points you discuss.

1. You can have any POP3 email address 'pushed' to you. I'm assuming you won't be using the Enterprise Server, so you'll be using the Web Client which does poll for POP3 (or similar) emails and pushes it to you every 15 minutes (max). OR, you can do what I and others do and have your ISP accounts forward a copy to your BB address...in that case you get it in near-realtime.

2. There are ways to check your GMail, but you can't send from it. Do a search here and there's a thread talking about it. This won't be push, but pull.

3. You don't have to pay anything extra based on the sites you want to browse. however, you won't be able to access ALL sites. Some, including those like banking sites, etc, don't work. I'm not an expert on which ones won't and why. If you have a couple that you are concerned about, post them.

4. On TMO, you can get either a BB data-only plan for $29.99, or you can add the data-plan to a voice-plan for only $19.99. In the latter case, you pick a voice plan (like 1000 anytime minutes) and then combine it with the data. The BB Data Plan is required for push email.

5. I've had a 7230 and a 7100 on Tmobile, and a 7510 on Nextel, and the browsing appears the same to me. It's certainly slower than my cable modem. ;)

6. You don't need MDS/BES for what you are wanting to do.
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I appreciate your response you did certainly answer some questions... hopefully others can shed a little more light on the subjects at hand. Or a NOOBIE website that I can read up on would be great thanks !
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Hello,

I'm a new owner as well and these questions help me a lot too. I have a 7510 through Nextel and love it. My question is how do you have your ISP accounts forward a copy to your BB address to get emails "real time" ? And when you say my BB address are you meaning the ...@nextel.blackberry.net ? Thanks for the assistance.

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Yes, that's the BB address.

Mine is <user>@tmo.blackberry.net.

So I forward mail to that address, because I don't like the Web Client checking email for me. It's just easier for me to send it direct to that address, which goes directly to the BlackBerry via the PIN.

There are hundreds of ways to forward email depending on your situation. I use procmail to handle my email and hand it off to various spam filters, so it was simple to add a rule that sends a copy of my email to my bberry directly after processing my rules.

It's very elegant!

But not everyone is so blessed.
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Thanks for the insight, I use Outlook Express as my main email viewer. I'll try and go in and figure out how to forward the messages to my BB.

Thanks again,
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You don't change it in your email viewer. You need to do it at your ISP account level. For example, if you have Comcast or Earthlink or Yahoo or a web-hosting company, you'll want to modify your email settings in that acoxxxx to (a) forward a copy to your [email address] address (or whatever is appropriate for your carrier) and (b) keep a copy on the server!

This will allow a copy to be sent to your BlackBerry, PLUS, when you go to Outlook Express later to check email, you'll still get a copy there for permanent archiving or whatever.
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PERFECT !!! Thanks so much Fireproof.

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How smooth is this? I'm trying to help a non-techie out-of-work exec get back up on Blackberry. I want to get his life set up so it's absolutely invisible to other -- and hopefully him so when people email, say, [email address], everyone sees it just the way it was when this guy worked at a big company.

So assigning his domain to, say, Yahoo Mail, will have it autoforward to his blackberry quickly. What does the email look like when he replies??
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You can set the From: address to be anything you want.

This includes "steve@stevejobs.com".
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You can set the From: address to be anything you want.

This includes "steve@stevejobs.com".
Yeah, but just make sure he can RECEIVE email at whatever domain you pick! ;)
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On BWC, it's possible to have a different reply to address than the from address. That way, you could have:

From: [email address]
Reply To: [email address]

That's obviously not perfect, as some people will certainly notice that they're not replying back to the From address.
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