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Old 11-06-2006, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I'm new to Blackberry, bought a Verizon 8703e after I got fed up with the Motorola Q being slow and missing keystrokes. I've extremely satisfied with my blackberry so far!

I was wondering if it's worth it to get a hosted BES solution? What I had on my Q, and what I have now, is 3 POP3 accounts (2 from my business domains hosted at a 3rd party hosting company with my websites, and 1 gmail) setup for access. I sync with my Outlook using Desktop Manager.

I was just wondering if it's worth it to pay for a hosted BES, and what benefits it will give me? I run 2 small businesses and I would be the only one accessing the BES. There are multiple email addresses for my 2 business domains, however I only access 1 email on each domain. It's not really worth it for me to buy my own Exchange Server, especially since I work at home and setting that email from my webhost to point to a dynamic IP would be a nightmare.

Any suggestions on the best way to pursue things would be greatly appreciated! If BIS is my best option, I'm fine with sticking with that.

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Major benefits include wireless syncing and reconciling...that's going to be the biggest difference. Also, BES accounts are instant, whereas some BIS accounts still poll and could take up to 15 minutes to get to you.

I'd stick with what you've got for now, and see if you run into frustrations. Aside from it likely requiring a more expensive BES data plan (not familiar with VZ plans...so perhaps not), you're already looking at another $15-$20/month just for the hosted BES.

If money is no object, go for it. I'm on a BES through my company, and LOVE it.
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Major benefits include wireless syncing and reconciling...that's going to be the biggest difference. Also, BES accounts are instant, whereas some BIS accounts still poll and could take up to 15 minutes to get to you.

I'd stick with what you've got for now, and see if you run into frustrations. Aside from it likely requiring a more expensive BES data plan (not familiar with VZ plans...so perhaps not), you're already looking at another $15-$20/month just for the hosted BES.

If money is no object, go for it. I'm on a BES through my company, and LOVE it.
I get 95% of my emails within 30 seconds now, some of them take up to 15 minutes at most. On my Moto Q, it was checked every 15-20 minutes, so anything even remotely better is nice. I think I'll stick with BIS for now. Thanks for the info!

Maybe when I start hiring some people, I'll move to an exchange server and get BES.

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It's easier to manage your contacts, notes, tasks, and calendar via the BES solution if you make use of all those (and Outlook). You'll also have the MDS services in case you need attachment viewing and/or other MDS-dependant software. -Pk
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It's easier to manage your contacts, notes, tasks, and calendar via the BES solution if you make use of all those (and Outlook). You'll also have the MDS services in case you need attachment viewing and/or other MDS-dependant software. -Pk
You can't view attachments if you use BIS?
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