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Email Solutions for corporate network migrating from Exchange

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I'm working for a company that currently has all of their email handled by MS Exchange 2007.

However, the plan is to move away from the exchange server.

Google Apps seems like a great solution however it is $50/year per user = about $4/month
Google apps has a nice feature of being easy to integrate with blackberries and mobile devices.
The plan is to get Google Apps for anyone in the company who uses a mobile device for email.

For now we are using a test account to test Google Apps.  So far so good.
However eventually we will have to change the MX records for the domain.

This is where my question comes in.  If we change the MX records to point to Google's Servers
they would also want us to delete any old MX records.  This would mean I assume that we could no longer use our pop email addresses included with our web site hosting plan.  Is that correct?

Is there a way to use Google Apps for some email addresses and have other email addresses on the same domain be hosted by another 3rd party?  Say we had 5 google Apps users and we had 10 other email addresses with the same domain but hosted via another 3rd party?  Is this possible?  The reason I ask is because there are 3rd party email hosts out there that don't cost as much as Google Apps.  

If it's not possible then I guess we havethree options:

A: Get Google Apps for all employees

B: Get Google Apps for some employees and keep using Microsoft Exchange for others.
(I'm not sure if this one is possible either in all honesty)  Feedback is appreciated.

C. Find another email solution that does everything we want but doesn't cost as much.
(One reason exchange doesn't do everything we want for all employees is mostly due to security configurations that make it so that users who aren't sitting at a networked PC can only check their email via webmail.  Another reason to move away from Exchange is due to  spam.)

I know this is kind of a whole bunch of questions lumped together but please let me know if you have answers to any or all of them.

Thank you,

The NEW IT guy
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