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    Moving to AT&T BlackBerry Bold from Windows Mobile

    I have been a long time user of Windows Mobile devices for several years now and and I am considering moving to the BlackBerry platform for reasons that I will not go into detail on. The device I have in mind is an AT&T BlackBerry Bold. I have never used the BlackBerry platform and was wondering if some people could help address some questions I have

    1. Does it support Exchange account sync? If it does, to what capacity? Are there any limitations?

    2. Does it support IMAP email accounts (GMail for example)? If it does, to what capacity? Are there any limitations?

    3. I am looking for a speakerphone with the most excellent possible quality. How does this device compare with other ones?

    4. How is the call quality in terms of the microphone? I am coming from a bad experience with a horrible microphone that caused irritating background noise for my callers. I want a good experience on my end and on theirs.

    5. Can I load my own ring tones (preferably in MP3 or WAV format) without having to pay additional costs? Can I do this for email, text, MMS, and other notifications as well? In Windows Mobile you could do this by copying them to the device from an SD card.

    Thanks if anyone has the time to answer these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camp
    1. Does it support Exchange account sync? If it does, to what capacity? Are there any limitations?
    It does not support ActiveSync. BES is the comparable product. You can, however, sync via USB. Google Sync may also work for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camp
    2. Does it support IMAP email accounts (GMail for example)? If it does, to what capacity? Are there any limitations?
    It does but not fully. IIRC it only supports the inbox and operates off a copy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camp
    5. Can I load my own ring tones (preferably in MP3 or WAV format) without having to pay additional costs? Can I do this for email, text, MMS, and other notifications as well? In Windows Mobile you could do this by copying them to the device from an SD card.
    Yes. Copy the files over via Mass Storage Mode.

    For details on setting alerts see:
    http://www.blackberryfaq.com/index.p...profiles%29%3F

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    Quote Originally Posted by briareus
    It does not support ActiveSync. BES is the comparable product. You can, however, sync via USB. Google Sync may also work for you.


    It does but not fully. IIRC it only supports the inbox and operates off a copy.


    Yes. Copy the files over via Mass Storage Mode.

    For details on setting alerts see:
    http://www.blackberryfaq.com/index.p...profiles%29%3F
    Thanks for the reply. Anybody else have anything to add?

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    It does support exchange but your company needs to buy the BES license. The Bold is definitely a great phone. It's kinda big but you won't be disappointed with the screen resolution and processor speed.

    Moving from Winmo, you will see a sigh of relief because Blackberry are more user friendly when integrating with Messengers (bbm, msn, yahoo, facebook etc.) and don't forget push emails.

    Speakers are excellent with bb. They are well known to pick up good receptions and make fewer drop calls.

    I was on Winmo for a period of time myself and made the switch and I'm over joyed by the switch. LOL
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    Every now and then I go back to WM only to find myself back with a BB a few week later. My Fuze experiment failed last month. I assume you'll be getting a dataplan with the Blackberry.

    As Thymaster said, if you want exchange email you're going to need a BES server and BES account ($40/mo with voice plan) with AT&T. Once you have those, syncing works great with email, tasks, notes and contacts. If you aren't using a BES server, you can use Desktop Redirector that runs on a PC connected to Exchange and forwards the email to your blackberry. I can't tell you how well it works as I haven't used it. Check blackberryforums.com or one of the other sites.

    I have a hosted gmail account. There is a program called Google Sync that runs on your Blackberry and syncs contacts and calendar. For me, it's been working great. Google contact sync will be built into the next version of BIS being released this month. The interface with gmail is pretty much instant where you'll get the message within 15 seconds to your Blackberry but it isn't true imap. The messages remain on your blackberry until you delete them. If you read a message (delete too) on your desktop, it isn't marked as read (or deleted from) the blackberry. Mail read or deleted on the BB is "sync'd" with the google server.

    Speaker phone works as well as I'd expect on my Bold. I rarely use it.

    You must be using a HTC WM phone as the phone! They incoming and outgoing voice quality of the Fuze is so bad and is the main reason it is sitting on my desk. The Bold is probably the best sounding phone I've used since the analog days. The volume on the handset is very good and I have no problems using it in Times Square and other noisy streets. I don't quiz every caller, but I haven't had any complaints.

    Yes, you can use your own ringtones. I use a program called ToneThis that will clip a song and sent it to my phone. No additional charges. You can set the notification tone for other messages. You can set the ringtone for each callers but for the other notifications (email, sms, etc.) you'll need to use a third party program if you want a specific tone for each contact.

    Another thing you'll find is the BB screen is very readable indoors and out. Third party software isn't as plentiful and it doesn't have the graphic appeal or high customization of the WM phones but it does the job well. Voice Command on WM is far better than what's on the Blackberry but the BB voice dialer works well. AutoText, recognizing phone numbers and extensions/email/urls in virtually any applet, the keypad make the Bold a terrific phone.

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    I also went from the Fuze to the Bold, best phone switch i've ever made. Much better sound quality, both for calls and sounds played through the external speakers (haven't had one complaint about background noise as I did with the Fuze or the Tilt), minimal to no operating system lag, no rebooting constantly, GPS that actually gets a lock within 10 seconds every single time, even inside some buildings, a battery that will last 2-3 days (using EDGE though). The device just works. I'm a total Blackberry convert. I had been interested in checking out the Touch Pro 2, but the more I use the Bold, the more convinced I am that I won't be going back to Windows Mobile anytime soon.

    *I gave up Microsoft Exchange, but I don't care. Gmail is more reliable as a push service on the Bold than Exchange ever was on the Fuze. I'm content to never see another "attention required" message in Activesync and those godd**m spinning arrows.

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    Also now with the new GMail plug in you can get labels and such...also OS 5 integrates GMail a whole lot better as well.

    Can't comment on the BES side though since I use BIS without any need for exchange

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