RIM updates BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) to 2.6

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A diagram of BIS operation

North American BlackBerry users can rejoice because RIM has upgraded BIS to 2.6. Although BIS is obviously not the enterprise powerhouse that BES provides, it will give you a quick look at what life is like on the other side. Something to note about the information regarding Gmail and BIS: if you’re going to take advantage of IMAP Gmail, you have to delete your account and re-add it from within your BIS admin.

With the new updates, you can expect the following:

Display of password characters
o BlackBerry smartphone users have the option to display password characters when configuring email addresses with the BlackBerry Internet Service. This feature makes it easier for BlackBerry smartphone users to integrate third-party email addresses, especially when using a BlackBerry smartphone with the SureType® input method.

Improved descriptive support and error messages
o BlackBerry smartphone users that have integrated a third-party email account using Post Office Protocol (POP) receive a personal identification number (PIN) message that includes instructions on how to leave email messages on the messaging server for successful delivery to the BlackBerry smartphone.

Option to change signatures from the BlackBerry smartphone
o BlackBerry smartphone users that use Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) automatic login can change the signatures for email messages using the BlackBerry smartphone.

Improved language support
o Dutch is now an available language for the BlackBerry Internet Service 2.6.

Gmail integration using IMAP
o BlackBerry Internet Service 2.6 uses Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) to integrate Gmail® webmail accounts.
This integration protocol introduces the following benefits:

  • Elimination of sent email messages appearing as received email messages in the message list on the BlackBerry smartphone
  • One-way synchronization of read status, sent items, and deleted items.
  • o To use these improvements, BlackBerry smartphone users must remove and reintegrate their Gmail webmail accounts.

    • http://www.youtube.com/dandaninc Daniel Adams

      This is fantastic! Not having that extra message every time I send an email from my gmail account is so nice! Thank you for this article! I found it in your feed first when I checked my feeds in Viigo! Cheers BlackBerryCool!

    • http://www.youtube.com/dandaninc Daniel Adams

      This is fantastic! Not having that extra message every time I send an email from my gmail account is so nice! Thank you for this article! I found it in your feed first when I checked my feeds in Viigo! Cheers BlackBerryCool!

    • TheStoffer

      Upgrading confuses my calendar, which now classifies all the appointments associated with my pre-2.6 email address as “Device Default”. Anyone know how to fix this?

    • TheStoffer

      Upgrading confuses my calendar, which now classifies all the appointments associated with my pre-2.6 email address as “Device Default”. Anyone know how to fix this?

    • http://djvyrus.com/ Cyrus

      I see the same problem :(

    • http://djvyrus.com Cyrus

      I see the same problem :(

    • Chris Rowan

      Doesn’t seem to be working for Verizon.

      I followed the instructions. All my drafts started showing up in my inbox for gMail and gMail Apps mail accounts.

      Annoying waste of time.

    • Chris Rowan

      Doesn’t seem to be working for Verizon.

      I followed the instructions. All my drafts started showing up in my inbox for gMail and gMail Apps mail accounts.

      Annoying waste of time.

    • Sam

      Where are the instructions on how to do this? When I sign in to ATT BIS it mentions the upgrade, what else do we have to do?

    • Sam

      Where are the instructions on how to do this? When I sign in to ATT BIS it mentions the upgrade, what else do we have to do?

    • Sam

      I see that it says on this page it will prompt me to upgrade, but it doesn’t. http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/solutions/email-messaging/bis-login.jsp

      I couldn’t have it already…

      I really want to use these gmail changes!

    • Sam

      I see that it says on this page it will prompt me to upgrade, but it doesn’t. http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/solutions/email-messaging/bis-login.jsp

      I couldn’t have it already…

      I really want to use these gmail changes!

    • http://djvyrus.com/ Cyrus

      I was able to see my calendar and IMAP seems to be working faster on Verizon’s 8830.

    • http://djvyrus.com Cyrus

      I was able to see my calendar and IMAP seems to be working faster on Verizon’s 8830.

    • http://www.nicors.net/ torsten woreschk

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      2. vpn
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    • http://www.nicors.net torsten woreschk

      I’m probably lazier than you, but the 3 things I love more than anything else in the world are:
      1. mpls
      2. vpn
      3. Handy
      more under nicors communication Mobil vpn mpls

    • http://leodom.de/ leodom

      MS have for Vodafone a Server from Blackberry installed ;-)
      is not a JoK!

      is real from a Vodafone Player.

      greats tb

    • http://leodom.de leodom

      MS have for Vodafone a Server from Blackberry installed ;-)
      is not a JoK!

      is real from a Vodafone Player.

      greats tb