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I am researching a new wireless mobility solution for my company.  I am considering Blackberry, as I have implemented BES in customer envirionments in the past and had good luck with it.  I have read the posts for questions in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Handhelds_-_PDAs/Blackberry/Q_22111208.html, and find this unsatisfying.  I am looking for a solution to do this WIRELESSLY, because my users are traveling consultants who need to sync their public calendar folder for dispcatch/scheduling, while at customer sites (so they are unable to use desktop sync for this.)

Can anybody tell me if this is possible?  I have seen posts where people seem insistent that this can work, but all that is described is desktop syncing, not wireless.  Please someone clarify
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by:Gary Cutri
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With older versions of BES and desktop manager this function was able to work (you used desktop manager to configure to wireless sync).  On recent BES versions this feature (not that it was ever officially supported) was removed.  You will have to wait until BES 5 is released to be able to fully wirelessly sync public and private calendar items, the ETA is early to mid next year.
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by:ShawnGifford
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Thanks for the help, gary, but early to mid '08?  I will need to find a solution before then, so the way I see it, we have 3 options:

1  If possible, to obtain and get support still for the older version of BES that we can use until BES 5 comes out.
2. Go with another type of device (Treo, Moto Q, etc) to try and get working with Intellisync or Exch. Active Sync w/ a 3rd-party add-on for the public folder support (I've heard about Roadsync, but have not used yet), or
3. Use some messy work around (i.e., have our dispatchers invite some group, for every single appointment, that goes to all of our personal calendars)

Any other comments or suggestions, anyone?
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Gary Cutri earned 500 total points
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You can sync your public calendar to the user’s private calendar which will transfer to the BlackBerry device using the current BES version.

Example App:
http://www.brothersoft.com/information_management/scheduling/add2exchange_for_calendars_41499.html
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by:ShawnGifford
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Thanks again Gary.  I was ready to go to Goodlink, which will support this inherently, but ther user consensus seems to be that Blackberry is the way to go.  Which is good, as long as Verizon eventually supports the 8800's or Pearls (they currently support only the 7250, 7130e, and 8703e).
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