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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.

Finally, it’s worthwhile noting that BlackBerry Connect is not only ready for our PalmOS Treo 650 but also now for the Treo 700w running Windows Mobile 5…

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


Posted by Andrew on February 14, 2006 at 08:13 AM

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by kramsauer | Feb 14, 2006 11:35:44 AM

I think it's weird how this continues to be "pending" while it looks pretty solid and so many people are clamoring for it. I wonder if they are waiting to release it with the 700p, but then again, I think I said the same thing about the 650...

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by kramsauer | Feb 14, 2006 11:36:03 AM

I think it's weird how this continues to be "pending" while it looks pretty solid and so many people are clamoring for it. I wonder if they are waiting to release it with the 700p, but then again, I think I said the same thing about the 650...

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by Jon-Paul | Feb 14, 2006 11:43:20 AM

Unfortunately, it still will not be ANYWHERE near as good as GoodLink. (Provided you are using MS Exchange)

GoodLink and Exchange together are about as perfect as any e-mail/calendar/contact/memo package can be. If you haven't used it, you are cheating yourself out of the best Treo experience of your life.

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by kramsauer | Feb 14, 2006 12:18:58 PM

But for those companies that don't use goodlink, this is huge.

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by Law | Feb 14, 2006 12:47:27 PM

Do you think that they are waiting because of the current legal problems RIM is having?

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by TreoFreak | Feb 14, 2006 1:54:09 PM

How can anyone say that a RIM experience isn't anywhere near a GOODLINK experience obviously never used a BlackBerry before! The BlackBerry is the swiss army knives of smartphones/pda's. I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the blackberry connect! I miss the ability to automatically get my email delivered to me in seconds. PLEASE PLEASE make it happen soon...

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by TazUk | Feb 14, 2006 2:13:47 PM

There are other push mail solutions besides BlackBerry connect such as the ones already mentioned. For people on a budget you can used the open source Zimbra Collaboration Suite (www.zimbra.com/) and ChatterEmail (www.chatteremail.com) :o)

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by xavier caballe | Feb 14, 2006 4:08:30 PM

Have a nice stay here in Barcelona... I hope you'll enjoy it ;)

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by Roopesh | Feb 14, 2006 5:09:43 PM

Why does it have to be integrated into Versamail? This would be much more useful if you could store to your SD card... Palm screwed us (650 users) by limiting the available storage on the phone.

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by kramsauer | Feb 14, 2006 8:43:35 PM

Roopesh, you cannot have this app on an external card as it needs to be run in the background (otherwise push is meaningless).

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by Al | Feb 14, 2006 9:16:13 PM

Will Blackberry Connect also keep appointments and tasks up to date as well?

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by s.elements | Feb 14, 2006 9:48:28 PM

But can you use it with an email app other than Versamail? Snappermail for instance?

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by Blake | Feb 15, 2006 1:27:35 AM

Hi, I have a question regarding the "Sounds" function on my Treo 650. When I go to sounds and then I go to the Tones tab under the Phone Application, it shows all sounds on my Treo's RAM. When I select a sound and attempt to send it, nothing happens. In fact, after tapping the send button a few times my phone will restart. This is frusterating because I cannot send a sound to a buddy via beaming. There is supposed to be a list that pops up asking you which way you want to send something. I never get that list. Any answers are greatly appreciated or if someone could point me in the direction of where to seek this information. Thanks

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by Alex | Feb 15, 2006 6:55:16 AM

It's nice to see you on my City Barcelona... enjoy it!!! :)

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by Jonathan Greene | Feb 15, 2006 8:06:57 AM

As someone who loves the Treo but uses a Blackberry for work, I love the idea of going back ... but desktop redirection (if that's what you were implying) sucks... The whole point is to get over-the-air sync from the server.

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by adamsj1 | Feb 15, 2006 12:06:35 PM

Canm you say how much space Blackberry connect consumes on the Treo? GoodLink is HUGE. 10+MB

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by Alfonso | Feb 15, 2006 4:50:27 PM

Barcelona its nice, but the next time you must visit Seville, a Treo land. Regards and waiting BBC.

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by PhillT | Feb 15, 2006 4:56:55 PM

Remember ChatterEmail allows you to have ALL your messages going to a folder on your card. It does not involve desktop redirection or additional software on the server. For instant push email, all that's needed is a mail server that supports IMAP. Most business servers do.

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by TreoFreak | Feb 15, 2006 7:31:39 PM

The problem with programs like GoodLink are they are meant for enterprise situations or organization. If you are just your average joe then these don't really apply to you. As for chattermail, it STILL is not a full "Push" system, because technically your Treo has to connect to the web and grab the email. True "Push" email is like your inbox at work; all of a sudden you look and their is your email. That is why the blackberry is so so successful! God Bless Blackberry!

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by Virtuous | Feb 15, 2006 8:37:48 PM

Goodlink is expensive. Chatter Email is nice because it runs in the background instead of taking over my Treo while it's syncing. If RIM has to stop service to the US, Blackberry Connect will obviously be shutdown too.

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by Blake | Feb 15, 2006 10:59:36 PM

Hi, I have a question regarding the "Sounds" function on my Treo 650. When I go to sounds and then I go to the Tones tab under the Phone Application, it shows all sounds on my Treo's RAM. When I select a sound and attempt to send it, nothing happens. In fact, after tapping the send button a few times my phone will restart. This is frusterating because I cannot send a sound to a buddy via beaming. There is supposed to be a list that pops up asking you which way you want to send something. I never get that list. Any answers are greatly appreciated or if someone could point me in the direction of where to seek this information. Thanks

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by Andrew | Feb 16, 2006 9:46:22 AM

Just to clarify... The future BlackBerry Connect version that will work on our Treo relies on a BlackBerry server (hosted or in your business) and _not_ a desktop redirect.

The desktop application that I mention in my post relates exclusively to installation and settings but not the actual email delivery.

Cheers, A.

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by David | Feb 16, 2006 5:45:49 PM

So, is the BlackBerry Connect a service that will be integrated (software download) into my existing Treo 650, or does one have to purchase a new product with the capability installed in it?

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by dmm | Feb 16, 2006 9:38:25 PM

It's supposed to be available as a download for the 650 (though, IIRC, not for the 600). My question is this: will it work with the Blackberry Web Client (what individual users use to set up email to a Blackberry--this *isn't* a desktop redirector!)? Apparently, some other devices (i.e. Nokia 6822, Sony Ericsson P910) with Blackberry Connect support the Web Client and some don't. And no, I don't know which ones do and don't.

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by Andrew | Feb 17, 2006 5:22:42 AM

dmm - sorry but I don't have any information regarding the BlackBerry Web Client yet.

Cheers, A.

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