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Old 04-03-2008, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just picked up my first Blackberry, an 8830 World Edition with Sprint as the provider. I am completely new to Blackberry. I'm trying to set stuff up, and was wondering if there was a software program available to use on my computer to set up emails (hotmail, yahoo....), contacts, etc, so I don't have to resort to typing everything in on a tiny keyboard.

Also, there seems to be a lot of good information on this board, much of it relatively technical. Is there a list of acronyms anywhere such as what BES vs BIS is?

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Old 04-03-2008, 11:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you can set up your email accounts through your carrier's BIS account. Set the account up at BlackBerry Internet Service


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Old 04-03-2008, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just picked up my first Blackberry, an 8830 World Edition with Sprint as the provider. I am completely new to Blackberry. I'm trying to set stuff up, and was wondering if there was a software program available to use on my computer to set up emails (hotmail, yahoo....), contacts, etc, so I don't have to resort to typing everything in on a tiny keyboard.

Also, there seems to be a lot of good information on this board, much of it relatively technical. Is there a list of acronyms anywhere such as what BES vs BIS is?

Thanks.
For entering contacts you can use Outlook, and sync to the BB.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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To the syncing with outlook, you have to install the what is referred to as the "Desktop Manager" on your PC. Check out the RIM Software section or FAQ for more guidance.
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To the syncing with outlook, you have to install the what is referred to as the "Desktop Manager" on your PC. Check out the RIM Software section or FAQ for more guidance.
You can find the Desktop Manager software here : https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads...XZtpMHYtpu3Q**

I would download version 4.2 service pack 2
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'll just use outlook to add contacts. I had considered that, but was wondering if something else might be better. And thanks for posting the link to the acronyms.

As for the BIS site operated by Sprint, I keep getting the message: An error ocurred during emial account validation. Please check your information and try again. If the problem persists, contact your email account provider.

I get this message when trying to add an email from the blackberry or through the sprint site. I'm trying to add a hotmail account. I have no idea what the problem is. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-03-2008, 11:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Is this device new or did you get it from a previous user, i.e eBay??
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By the way Stan- Welcome!
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so I don't have to resort to typing everything in on a tiny keyboard.
Just out of curiosity, why get a blackberry then if you're going to avoid typing on the bb keyboard?
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Bought it new. I tried again tonight after work to get it add the hotmail email, but still no joy. I'll blame Microsoft for all my problems.

As for the question about why I got a Blackberry if I don't want to use the tiny keyboard....I got the Blackberry for several reasons including work (it's got no camera, is supported by our IT guys with respect to email, pager service, etc) and my own personal convenience. I can use the BB keyboard, but prefer a full size one, including a number pad. I also prefer the power, screen size, and available options of a full size computer, but I dont' want to lug one around all day.

Thanks again to everyone for the welcome and help.
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I know when I first got my 8830 with Verizon, first I had to add (my user name in to the BIS site for Verizon)@vzn.blackberry.net! I guess it's the way for your BIS provider to "push" your emails. You may want to try to add Sprints version first. I hope this helps your situation. Good luck and welcome to the Forum!
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Bought it new. I tried again tonight after work to get it add the hotmail email, but still no joy. I'll blame Microsoft for all my problems.

As for the question about why I got a Blackberry if I don't want to use the tiny keyboard....I got the Blackberry for several reasons including work (it's got no camera, is supported by our IT guys with respect to email, pager service, etc) and my own personal convenience. I can use the BB keyboard, but prefer a full size one, including a number pad. I also prefer the power, screen size, and available options of a full size computer, but I dont' want to lug one around all day.

Thanks again to everyone for the welcome and help.
I seem to remember that newer hotmail accounts don't play nice with BIS -- can someone with more knowledge address this for Stan? If this account is only a year or two old it may not work properly.

In addition to the keyboard of your computer, you may want to take a look at the Freedom Universal Keyboard. It is reviewed in the review section of this forum. While I don't think it substitutes for a true computer keyboard, I have had more than a few business trips where I needed to keep the email flow moving along -- and some of my emails are detailed and lengthy -- and I was able to accomplish this by having just the BB and this keyboard. It might be an option for your to consider. [And no, I have no affiliation with the company that sells this keyboard except as a pleased customer.]

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Thanks for all the help, links, and other suggestions. I did try and set up the blackberrry email account, but still no luck on the hotmail one. This is kinda disappointing since that's the one where all my family and personal emails go. Maybe I'll figure it out one day.

ETA: I found this on the Tmobile site:
NOTE: MSN® Hotmail is not accessible via BlackBerry Internet E-mail.

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If you have a free account it will not work. You will need a premium account for hotmail to work.

Older Hotmail accounts have been grandfathered, and people have had success adding them to their devices.
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To get Hotmail on your Outlook, or BB you need to pay for it to MSN period.....
Or.. here is a trick to get it . Go to Windows live were you che your emails on the Web and click options on the right top corner, In options Menu USE Forward email to another email account and after that you will check all your emails from @hotmail.com on your BB arrived through different account. Remember, MSN Delete emails after forwarding.
I hope it will help.
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