Originally Posted by grujaz10
Tremendo, Why do you say "Now only if I had BES". What are the advantages of the BES network, and is the BB 7250 fine without BES?
To simplify and summarize my previous question, is the BB 7250 a good choice for someone using the phone primarily for non-business uses but still requiring excellent features, smartphone capabilities, and business like phone?
I'm in exactly the same boat as you, but I bought mine yesterday without ever hearing the term "Blackberry Enterprise Server" (BES). What I've discovered is that if you want to get access to certain features (HTML browsing & instant message I think) you will need to have access to a BES.
I've spoken to the folks at citynt.com and they seem quite reasonably priced ($10/month). HTML browsing is worth $10/month to me, so I'm going to do it.
As far as the feature set goes WITHOUT a BES, I've only got limited experience. The email system works really well. I've used both the internal provider.blackberry account and my gmail, both to great success. The speed is fantastic and the coverage appears to be quite solid. Maybe it's solid everywhere, but I'm totally new to this.
Since the battery requires a complete discharge prior to its first synch, I can't comment on the non-BES synching capabilities (Outlook sans-Exchange etc).
The sound quality on the unit is great, by the way. I've been using a four year old LG for the past three years and this is a noticable improvement. Keeping in mind that I loved my old phone, this is a good recommendation.
Like yourself, I'm interested in a portable device to manage email, appointments and do a little surfing on. So far I've got 2/3, and I will report back when I get set up with the BES.