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How to get messaging phone to work with OMA over SSL?

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Hi all.

I was wondering if anyone's had any experience getting OMA to work over an SSL connection with phones other than Windows Mobile devices or the iPhone (non-smartphones, basically).

Here's my situation. I just got OWA configured on an Exchange 2003 server (using a GoDaddy SSL certificate), and then proceeded to fix the problem EAS/OMA evidently has with SSL and Forms-Based authentication.

Then, I had trouble getting either EAS or OMA to work-- all my attempts to use either one from mobile devices would either time out or fail with "invalid certificate" errors. I fixed that by installing an intermediate GoDaddy certificate, then verified all was well via https://testexchangeconnectivity.com. Now, I can connect and sync EAS and access OMA just fine with WM devices and iPhones.

However, my attempts to access OMA with other browser-equipped messaging phones (e.g. Samsung Freeform) still fail with an "untrusted server certificate" and no way to circumvent it on the phone.

There doesn't seem to be anything else I can do on the server, and I don't know how/whether I can install a certificate on phones with proprietary operating systems. Is it even possible to access OMA via such a non-smartphone?


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by:Casey Herman
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A better phone will be cheaper than the time you will have in this to get it working.  If you have to get these phones working than I would say you can uncheck the require SSL authentication on the OMA site. I don't recommed it but it would work.

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Unfortunately, my employees have a dozen of these phones (I didn't buy them) so it's not as simple as replacing a single phone, and I definitely don't intend to forgo security to accommodate them.
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Good man!  At our company we abide by the "upgrade or die" policy.  ;)

Do the phone providers have an email connector / app that can be purchased?
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by:Joe2009
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>>>Do the phone providers have an email connector / app that can be purchased?

Unfortunately, no, and I've confirmed that there's no way to get a new cert on the device.

The phone does support IMAP mail so I was thinking that might be an option, but that doesn't really address the SSL problem, I guess, unless I leave the IMAP virtual server unencrypted, which I am loathe to do.

Thoughts?
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