BlackBerry Connect Is Ready But...
I am currently in the beautiful city of Barcelona to attend the 3GSM World Congress where I’ll be until tomorrow to see some of the latest mobile devices and technologies.
Naturally, one of the key things that I wanted to learn more about was BlackBerry Connect which you might recall I saw a preview of at 3GSM last year (read BlackBerry Connect Now In Final Beta).
Well, on the one hand I am happy to announce that BlackBerry Connect is actually ready and all that apparently remains to be done is final certification from Palm, carriers and RIM. However there’s no indication as to how long this certification process might take – it could be weeks or it could be months and since we’ve already been waiting over a year for it you’ll excuse me if I’m somewhat pessimistic about a speedy release.
Unlike last year’s version, BlackBerry Connect is now integrated within VersaMail instead of being a standalone application. However, I was informed that this BlackBerry Connect also requires a desktop component for setup and synchronisation (this is not desktop redirection and messages continue to be pushed via a BlackBerry server).
Above, BBC (BlackBerry Connect) appears as an email account in VersaMail and clicking the ‘Edit’ button confirms that the settings can only be changed ‘using the installation program on your desktop computer’.
I did get to access BlackBerry Connect’s ‘Preferences’ which included settings for Display, Deletion, Alerts, Server, Main, Information and Service Books.
Just to make sure that everything was as RIM claimed I sent a test email from my Treo to the BlackBerry Connect enabled one on their stand and I was indeed delighted to see that within a few seconds my email (below) popped up on screen.
In short. BlackBerry Connect is real, it’s ready and it works. The only thing missing now is figuring out when we’ll actually be able to sign up for the service…
Treonauts always want to connect…