Hands on BT Cellnet’s BlackBerry

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Plenty of devices allow you to send and receive e-mails on the move butnone, in our experience, do so with the ease, speed and consistency of BTCellnet’s wireless BlackBerry. To receive mail from remote locations, users usually have to dial into theircorporate mailbox, but BlackBerry’s software forwards mail direct to thedevice. Wireless means exactly what it says – there is no need to plug BlackBerryinto a phone line because the service runs across a General Packet RadioService (GPRS) wireless network and provides a constant link to the corporatee-mail server. So once you’ve logged on, you are accessing your inbox just asyou would in the office, and are free to write, receive, forward, file anddelete messages (it uses Microsoft Exchange which should suit most corporateenvironments but your company software will need to be configured when youfirst install the system). BlackBerry, designed by US company Research in Motion, slips easily into apocket, and while the keyboard seems small at first, it doesn’t take long toget used to. A trackwheel allows the user to scroll and select menu options anda 55x55mm sq display is plenty big enough for reading and writing. The serviceuses Triple DES (64kb) encryption to ensure e-mails are secure at both ends. Italso offers dairy, calendar, memo and other personal organiser-stylefacilities. Aimed at the corporate user, BlackBerry costs between £359 and £399(depending on number purchased) and the licence for the server software, whichcovers the first 20, is £2,500. Airtime is charged at £39 per device a month. www.btcellnet.net Hands on BT Cellnet’s BlackBerryOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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