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Whether to use a blackberry or a Sony Ericsson W950I

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We run Exchange 2003 enterprise as our mail server. We currently have 10 users who have blackberries, although as yet we have not opted to use the blackberry enterprise server - our users use their "out of office" assistant to forward all mail to the blackberry.

We have one user who intends to acquire a Sony Ericsson W950I. I have downloaded the manual (http://www.sonyericsson.com/downloads/W950i__UG_R2a_EN.pdf) and from what i can see the phone has limited messaging capabilities. In the email setup section it states:

"The email account you wish to setup must support the pop3 or IMAP protocol, and the standard SMTP protocol for sending email"

I would be grateful if someone could answer the following questions:

1. I take it the above means the W950I will function in much the same way as our blackberries currently do - ie it will have to be used in conjunction with a pop account rather than interfacing directly with our exchange server. Is this the case?

2. Apart from Blackberries used in conjunction with a BES, are there any other mobile devices out there which can directly interface with an Exchange server? They also need to be able to be used as a phone and have the same toys as the W950I (MP3 player, nice screen etc)

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If you want the two way interface with Exchange, then you have two options.

1. Blackberry with BES or Express Edition (free for the server and one BB, up to 14 extra BBs for the price of a CAL).
2. A Windows Mobile based device.

Without either of those two, the two devices you have listed above are effectively the same and not really designed for use in a business environment. IMAP is a bit better than POP3, but only just.

As a business you should decide what you will support and then purchase or allow their use accordingly.
Supporting a business type device will be much easier than an IMAP/POP3 client, where there are always issues with the SMTP sending and ensuring that there are copies of the email messages in the right place.

Simon.
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many thanks
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