1. akmvaughn's Avatar
    Will BlackBerry ever use activesync? Iphone and droid both use activesync and its free. BB users have to pay $20 a month to use BES.

    An thoughts / suggestions?

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    08-18-10 04:31 AM
  2. dictoresno's Avatar
    my guess is why would they when theyve grown an empire on their BIS/BES thats solid and secure. why fix something that isnt broken? so RIM would ditch their own product (which people pay to use) and decide to spend money in order to buy a license for Active Sync from Microsoft? come on, would you do that??
    08-18-10 04:37 AM
  3. CanuckBB's Avatar
    BESX. Software is free and works with a BIS dataplan.
    08-18-10 08:03 AM
  4. akmvaughn's Avatar
    BESX. Software is free and works with a BIS dataplan.
    But doesn't the company have to have the express software? Or can I use it if the have regular BES?

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    08-18-10 10:01 AM
  5. crbowers's Avatar
    Comparing BES to ActiveSync isn't really apples to apples. The latest versions of ActiveSync do give you some of the functionality of BES such as remote wipe and basic IT policy, but I have found it to be far less robust than BES.

    If you do have Exchange and don't want to use BES or BESX then you can always have BIS authenticate with Outlook Web Access. Though I don't think it is compatible with Exchange 2010, and I'm not 100% sure of it's feature set as I have not gone that route.

    Oops akmvaughn, I should have read your last post more closely. If the company has BES and not BESX then you have to use the BES data plans; unless the company installs a BESX server and puts some users on that, then those users could use a BIS "Personal" data plan.

    Also, the IT department may block you from using BIS to access Outlook Web Access to get around the BES server. You would want to check with them for sure before doing that.
    Last edited by crbowers; 08-18-10 at 10:21 AM. Reason: Added corrections for not reading akmvaughn's post completely
    08-18-10 10:16 AM
  6. akmvaughn's Avatar
    Comparing BES to ActiveSync isn't really apples to apples. The latest versions of ActiveSync do give you some of the functionality of BES such as remote wipe and basic IT policy, but I have found it to be far less robust than BES.

    If you do have Exchange and don't want to use BES or BESX then you can always have BIS authenticate with Outlook Web Access. Though I don't think it is compatible with Exchange 2010, and I'm not 100% sure of it's feature set as I have not gone that route.

    Oops akmvaughn, I should have read your last post more closely. If the company has BES and not BESX then you have to use the BES data plans; unless the company installs a BESX server and puts some users on that, then those users could use a BIS "Personal" data plan.

    Also, the IT department may block you from using BIS to access Outlook Web Access to get around the BES server. You would want to check with them for sure before doing that.
    Crbowers,

    They use to allow the BIS option for outlook web access but they blocked that and started requiring BES due to needing the remote wipe feature. That's basically all they need to be able to do is remote wipe in case of loss/theft. It is a Police Department, so I understand their concern. So I guess I'm stuck with BES only right?

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    08-18-10 03:43 PM
  7. crbowers's Avatar
    Yep, you're stuck with a needing a BES data plan unless they switched to BES Express, but you'd have to check with the IT department. If that was the case you could use a cheaper BIS data plan.

    However, most police departments don't tend to change things too quickly and BES Express in a relatively new product, so I'd put money on them using a standard BES.
    08-18-10 04:32 PM
  8. akmvaughn's Avatar
    Yep, you're stuck with a needing a BES data plan unless they switched to BES Express, but you'd have to check with the IT department. If that was the case you could use a cheaper BIS data plan.

    However, most police departments don't tend to change things too quickly and BES Express in a relatively new product, so I'd put money on them using a standard BES.
    Thanks for your responses!

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    08-18-10 04:40 PM
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