Originally Posted by gqiqjoe
I have almost no clue what any of that means, but thanks anyway!
What don't you understand?
You really should read the FAQ first.
Basically, there are 2 ways to get E-Mail on a blackberry, with a BES, which is something that a company (few, if any, individuals use them, they cost A LOT) uses for thier BB "force", and BIS, which is for "personal" use.
Since you mention you are not getting the BB from your corporation, I assume you are not gonna be on thier BES, THOUGH, they may, in fact let you be on thier BES if they have one. You would need to speak to your IT department about that. That will enable you to get your work e-mail, since that is what a BES is used for. Note, however, that when on a BES, THEY HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR BB. They can limit anything and everything, from the web browser, to using personal e-mails, to requiring passwords, all kind of things, probably many more things that I and you can't think of.
A BIS would interact with your personal e-mail accounts. This is done by setting things up on your cell carriers BIS website. You choose the e-mail address, and enter the password, and the BIS takes care of it. Some E-mail services work better then others, and whether they work well is based on the e-mail service AND your cell carrier. e.g. Yahoo can work perfectly with T-Mobile, but not at all with Cingular, and GMail could work with Cingular but not with T-Mobile. You will have to research. I know for a fact that AOL doesn;t integrate very well with either. The main thing about BIS is that it only works with POP3 and WEB BASED e-mail accounts.
Then there is PUSH and PULL e-mail. Push means that the e-mail is PUSHED to your BB as soon as it reaches the e-mail mailbox. That means that you get it instantly on your BB. PULL means that the BIS checks every 15 minutes or so, to see if you have any e-mail, and if it does, then it sends it to your BB. That means that it could take up to 15 minutes to get your e-mail. That is the difference between Push and Pull.
If you have no access to a BES, there is little chance you can access your work e-mail. Since your office e-mail is almost certainly NOT WEB BASED or POP3.
This is just the begining, you really have to do some research and read, and learn this stuff as best you can.