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Anonymous
December 20, 2004 9:57:14 PM

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I am having a little difficulting in understanding the difference
between the Professional and Premium Vision Plan (the fact that their
website gives a few blurbs doesn't help). My question is do you get POP
mail access with the Premium? This seems to be the big difference to
me other than all the downloads that I don't need on the Premium. I
need POP access to my mail. I believe you can get it with either plan,
but think you might have to go through some portal rather than getting
directly on the TREO 650 if you don't have the PRO. I don't need access
to an MS exchange server, so if I get the same POP with Premium, I
would go with the Premium for the free downloads since they are both
$15. Comments?
Anonymous
December 21, 2004 3:54:10 PM

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michaeljc70@hotmail.com wrote:
> I
> need POP access to my mail. I believe you can get it with either plan,
> but think you might have to go through some portal rather than getting
> directly on the TREO 650 if you don't have the PRO.


Incorrect. If you use Versamail or any other POP mail client, then you
can get POP mail on your Treo with even the most basic Vision plan. The
Treo 650 is smart enough to act as its own POP client, just as your
desktop is able to, so unless you specifically want a portal to
intervene, the Treo 650 is perfectly capable of doing it without one.

> to an MS exchange server, so if I get the same POP with Premium, I
> would go with the Premium for the free downloads since they are both
> $15.

The free downloads pack is fine. You might also be able to sweet talk
CS into giving you the $10 Vision plan with no download credit if you
don't plan on downloading any of the Sprint premium content, and you'll
also be just fine.

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Anonymous
December 21, 2004 6:23:44 PM

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Yes, thanks, that helps. But what does the Business Connection add? As
I understand it, if your company (or you) have an Exchange server, it
can sync email and calendar. Does it provide more than that (like email
push)?
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Anonymous
December 21, 2004 6:55:18 PM

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In article <1103597834.084454.53150@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
michaeljc70@hotmail.com says...
> I am having a little difficulting in understanding the difference
> between the Professional and Premium Vision Plan (the fact that their
> website gives a few blurbs doesn't help). My question is do you get POP
> mail access with the Premium? This seems to be the big difference to
> me other than all the downloads that I don't need on the Premium. I
> need POP access to my mail. I believe you can get it with either plan,
> but think you might have to go through some portal rather than getting
> directly on the TREO 650 if you don't have the PRO. I don't need access
> to an MS exchange server, so if I get the same POP with Premium, I
> would go with the Premium for the free downloads since they are both
> $15. Comments?
>

You get POP3 email access even *without* a Vision plan. A Vision
package only affects how you are charged for the Internet usage your
accumulate. A flat fee if on a package, a per-KB fee if not.

All phones with PCS Vision capability are enabled from the start by
default. Unless the customer specifically requests otherwise.

Think of it this way: there are four "a la carte" items available for
packaging in a Vision Package: Picturemail/Videomail, $5 in "cash-back"
credit for "Premium Service" downloads, Unlimited Web access (including
POP3, since you asked about it), and, finally, Business Connection
Personal Edition.

Sprint has 3 packages (I'll ignore the streaming media option for this
example, as I'm fairly certain it doesn't apply to the Treo 650). All 3
include the unlimited Web access. They differ in the other two parts
they offer. The "Pictures" Package includes Picturemail/Videomail, and
the $5 download credit. The "Premium" Package doubles up the $5
download credit to yield a total $10/month "cash-back" credit for
Premium Service downloads. The "Professional" Package provides the
Picturemail/Videomail option, and then the Business Connection Personal
Edition service.

Is that easier to grasp? Other than questions about the individual
services, does that help you to understand?

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A thing moderately good
is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
-Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792-
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 10:32:01 AM

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In article <1103671424.798389.210050@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com>,
michaeljc70@hotmail.com says...
> Yes, thanks, that helps. But what does the Business Connection add? As
> I understand it, if your company (or you) have an Exchange server, it
> can sync email and calendar. Does it provide more than that (like email
> push)?
>
>

I'm not sure I'd call it more. I'd rather call it "something else."
Business Connection is a program that permits access to email, but there
are two versions.

Enterprise Edition (BCEE) creates the Exchange Server access you're
talking about.

Personal Edition (BCPE) is more of a "Remote Control" of Microsoft
Outlook. With it, you install a small software client on a PC. You run
that client, and MS Outlook. As long as that PC is connected to the
Internet, then you can use a phone, *any* web enabled SPCS phone, and
hook into MS Outlook to view your contacts, your calendar, your email,
and respond to all of the above. There's also the ability to pick one
folder on your PC as a share folder to be accessible via BCPE.

With a Treo, you also have a Palm client you can install on the Treo.
It can synch with Outlook via the BCPE connection, either manually, or
at regular intervals.

As that suggests, it is *not* a push service. It pulls.

As an aside, BCPE can also be set to pull any POP3 email. But, since
any Palm email client can do the same via Vision/Internet, I don't
generally consider this any more advantageous in BCPE.

If you're interested in what BCPE can do for you, there's information on
this at http://bc.sprintpcs.com

In fact, you can sign up there for a two-month free trial if you'd like
to try it out. You can always swap to the Vision Professional Pack
within the 60 days and remain active with BCPE.

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RØß
O/Siris
~+~
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 4:36:34 PM

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It sounds like BCPE won't do much for me. I sync Outlook myself and
don't need on the road syncing. I also have Outlook setup to send me an
SMS automatically when I get an email. I think I will go with the
Premium Plan as you get the free downloads and it sounds like I won't
gain anything from the BCPE.
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 8:17:40 PM

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O/Siris wrote:

> As that suggests, it is *not* a push service. It pulls.

Point of clarity: BCPE can generate SMS alerts on messages marked
highest priority if. You receive a SMS with the message subject and
directions to log on to Biz Connection to read the rest of the message.

Another minor detail: BCPE will deliver mail, calendar, and contacts if
you're pointing it at an Exchange server, but it will deliver mail
content from any IMAP mailer you configure your desktop client to point to.

-anne
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 8:18:28 PM

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O/Siris wrote:

> As that suggests, it is *not* a push service. It pulls.

Point of clarity: BCPE can generate SMS alerts on messages marked
highest priority if. You receive a SMS with the message subject and
directions to log on to Biz Connection to read the rest of the message.

Another minor detail: BCPE will deliver mail, calendar, and contacts if
you're pointing it at an Exchange server, but it will deliver mail
content from any IMAP mailer you configure your desktop client to point to.

-anne
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 8:19:13 PM

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O/Siris wrote:

> As that suggests, it is *not* a push service. It pulls.

Point of clarity: BCPE can generate SMS alerts on messages marked
highest priority if. You receive a SMS with the message subject and
directions to log on to Biz Connection to read the rest of the message.

Another minor detail: BCPE will deliver mail, calendar, and contacts if
you're pointing it at an Exchange server, but it will deliver mail
content from any IMAP mailer you configure your desktop client to point to.

-anne
Anonymous
December 25, 2004 2:28:50 AM

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In article <41C9AC64.3030805@some.newsreader.com>, news-
reader@some.newsreader.com says...
> Another minor detail: BCPE will deliver mail, calendar, and contacts if
> you're pointing it at an Exchange server, but it will deliver mail
> content from any IMAP mailer you configure your desktop client to point to.
>

That not what I trained. BCPE does not interact with Exchange Server.
Not directly. Business Connection *Enterprise Edition* does.

BCPE Interacts with Outlook. And if Outlook is hooked up to MS Exchange
Server, then yeah, it'll do what you say.

--
RØß
O/Siris
~+~
A thing moderately good
is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
-Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792-
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