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Old 06-13-2006, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default EmailViewer for the 8700 ?

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This is my first post on those boards, and also my first BlackBerry !
I have an email question for all you BB pros here :

Short version :
Have any of you tried the EmailViewer third party email client on the 8700 ? It's supposed to be only for the 71xx & 72xx, and I'm too new on the BB to know if that matters a lot or not.
Or would there be any other good, no fuss, low footprint, IMAP over SSL client for the 8700 ? (even commercial, but it has to be professional grade and do direct connexions to our SMTP & IMAP servers)

Extra question : do all carriers allow direct TCP/IP connexion to arbitrary ports once the basics work (like the Opera Mini brower) ?

Long version :
I know that the idea to use a pull-only third party email client on a Blackberry must seem strange to a lot of you here !
The problem is, in fact, that we do not use BES (we use a Linux Debian server with Postfix & Dovecot to handle emails), and so we're stuck with BIS.
The choice of the BB was not mine alone : my business partner wanted one, after having tried lots of PDAs & smartphones and never finding one that "Just Work" (tm). On that regard, the BB is what we want : reactive, ergonomic, professionnal, no fuss and reliable (the OS is rock solid I hear), and on top of this it has a decent/good sync with Mac OX X, which is paramount to us.
Since my business partner has no problem with our carrier having his IMAP account login & password, and he loves the push, the BB is great for him.

Me, I just love what I've seen of the BB so far (all the above and especially since I've discovered the outbound application firewall and all the authorizations you can grant - or not - to each applications on the system ! Yes, I'm a security freak ;) ).
But I don't like at all the idea of my carrier being able to snoop on my emails when I took the time to get us a dedicated server and our own authenticated SSL SMTP and IMAP over SSL thing and all.
So to me, it would be like having the best of both worlds if my Blackberry could have a "honest to god, plain TCP/IP, direct connexion" IMAP client, able to create a SSL tunnel directly from my very own mobile device to my very own not-so-mobile server back at the datacenter.

As an added bonus, having an IMAP client and no push makes it that when I actually want to check my emails, the "read" ones are actually marked as read on the Blackberry (as opposed to have, at the end of the day, 200 fake non-read emails on the BB), plus it must save on the data plan since it does not push every single emails even when I'm sitting 3 feet away at my Mac reading my emails.
Besides, a real IMAP client would recognize the folders on the server, I believe ? And If I *really* need the push, a 5mn check would do it

Ok, I'm sorry this was a pretty long first post here. And I hope I have not ofended any "Push Zealot"

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