BlackBerry Curve 9220 User Review with Evaluation of it’s good, bad or ugly qualities and specifications.

Blackberry Mobile phone 9220

Blackberry-9220

BlackBerry has launched Curve 9220 in April 2012 and It’s Global Launch began from India instead of USA. The best thing about this phone is its price that it is cheap and the worst thing is its plastic looks which are also cheap. After using it for three months, I would suggest that one should buy this phone only in certain circumstances which have been formulated at the end of this page. Continue reading

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How to handle security issues with Shangmail/Hudeemail?

Welcome Screen of HudeeMail

Hudeemail is a service claimed to be provided by Babeeta Beijing Technology Co. Ltd., but the profile of this company is not clear. It claims that its Chinese counterpart shangmail is a e-mail provider in china. Hudeemails’s website does not provide any physical address. Rather it claims that HudeeMail and Babeeta are two different companies and Babeeta handles the front end. Installation method of hudeemail has been described elaborately in my previous post about installation and some security concerns  if it is a hack? To trust a company in China, whose legal system is completely unknown, is a little difficult. Worst part is that Blackberry is completely silent. No technical person comes forward with details.

When hudeemail accesses the Google or Yahoo, first it accesses as if it is from a desktop from an IP address in USA. Hence the google/yahoo/etc. detect that account is not being accessed from the regular place or even country and a warning is generated. Warning does not give any indication as to what was the name of client which accessed its server. Continue reading

Installing HudeeMail/Shangmail on Blackberry

Step by step guide to installing pushmail on Blackberry without official BIS or BES:

Warning (added on 1st June 2013): This post is deprecated as website hudeemail.com and its pushmail service has stopped working for past several years.

An adventure with BlackBerry;

First a clarification: shangmail.com is the Chinese website and hudeemail.com is the English website. Both seem to be related. Hudeemail provides a third party solution or alternative to official Blackberry pushmail. Hudeemail is free and is supported by Advertisements displayed over the emails. Most Ads are irritating. That is the mental price we have to pay.

Requirements:

1. Blackberry phone with TCP-IP through APN or wifi.
(If this is beyond understanding, try to solve this mystery first or go ahead just try)
2. Little understanding.

Retrieving the installation packages

We require three packages:

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Selecting right smartphone

Making the right choice.
In smartphone market there are four choices: Android, BlackBerry Symbian, and Iphone. How to choose? Actually it is pretty simple.
If we want a phone with some advanced features and we were using Nokia Communicator or any other Symbian phone for quite some time without problems, go for any Nokia Symbian phone. Other wise buy BlackBerry. Yes the proper counterpart of BlackBerry is Symbian even if BlackBerry high end models are over priced.
Nokia and Symbian OS
Latest Symbian OS is Belle. Though Nokia is promising upgrade to Belle for many devices but all upgrades are not upto the mark. Choose the model which comes pre-installed with Belle.
BlackBerry and OS 7.1
As regards BlackBerry, its latest OS version is 7.1. Any BlackBerry phone installed with OS less than 7.0 in not worth buying but can be accepted as free gift. However if we rely heavily on GMail App which was available for earlier versions; it is not available for 7.0. But their are other choices. But before buying BlackBerry, be aware that its native programmes (bundled with device and produced by Research in Motion) work only with BlackBerry Internet Services which is priced at about four times the normal internet connectivity charged by Network Operator. Third party programmes work without BIS but would require little effort or tweaking.
Multimedia devices with phone.
Android and Iphone
Android and Iphones are not phones but multimedia devices with functions of phone as well.
If we want a multimedia device which may also be used as phone, choose Android or Iphone.
Now between them if I am of nerdy type who loves problems and is in habit of tweaking and have lived with Windows far too long, shall choose Android. It will be running out of memory everyday and shall be updating installed programmes everyday. Trouble shoot it everyday. But it is the most powerful OS (as a derivative of Linux) and is also available at cheapest prices.
However if my concepts of multimedia are clear and I want a stable solution for my fixed needs than Iphone would be phone of my choice. Though it may not give all the available options for file sharing and connectivity etc. inspite of my paying through nose.
As regard tweaking these phones, that is matter for some other time.

Is Blackberry Mail app hacked by HudeeMail/ShangMail?

A new BB hack?

It appears BlackBerry lock on its messaging app for Email has been broken, hacked or compromised.
BlackBerry push mail is available only if it’s BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) is subscribed. Of course that entails monthly charges other than TCP-IP browsing charges. If BIS is not subscribed the option is to install third party IMAP mail client like LogicMail. But it is not push mail. It consumes more battery. The only other option is Hudee Mail which is International face of Chinese mail service ShangMail.

ShangMail/HudeeMail

Now HudeeMail claims that it provides push mail from its own servers. But its website provides neither any ‘Log In’ nor any mail box. Registration is from mobile and is unrealistically simple. Enter any user name and enter your chosen password twice. That’s it. After registration add mail boxes like Gmail or Yahoo and you start receiving your mail in BB mail client box.
The best part is that I activated the service on 31st May 2012, 20 days after I had purchased this BB handset. In the middle of night at 3.00 AM, I received a message that BIS is being activated on my phone which was actually done at 3 PM. When I enquired, was told that it is free for 3-4 months as part of some scheme. But Vodafone (India) has no such scheme on its website.
In HudeeMail I had used different account. I set up my regular email account in BB client. Received a message and upon reply it went out by other HudeeMail Account. Problem was corrected after HudeeMail was un-installed.
Similarly after BIS or BES connectivity was activated, installing Hudeemail disabled the existing mailboxes. Then we can use only HudeeMail configured Mail Boxes only. Nothing short of un-installing HudeeMail, solves the Problem. This also shows that HudeeMail tweaks the OS or MailBox settings to work its way.
However from above it appears’ HudeeMail is some trick patch/app and not an independent mail service. BB is buying time to remedy it.

Curse of history:

History tells as that when prisoners become self-reliant they were accepted as independent nation. Will BlackBerry accept?
Let us wait and see.

© Sandeep Bhalla

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