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

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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Blackberry is not a smart phone but an access device!

Blackberry has confirmed that it is not in the market as a smart phone at all. It is a phone (means a cellular device for voice communication only) which also provide access to BIS(means Blackberry Internet Services). It owes no duty except to provide voice communication and browsing the Internet by wi-fi. Read the following:

Too Many Blackberrys

Too Many Blackberrys (Photo credit: Ninja M.)

Dear Sir,
Thank you for contacting REDINGTON BLACKBERRY support.
Kindly contact your service provider for further help. As the blackberry works only with the BIS (Blackberry Internet Service). WiFi in blackberry is meant only for browsing purpose.
If you require further assistance, please feel free to contact us either by replying to this message or by calling at one of the number below.
Regards,
A.Feroz
Black Berry Support
Toll Free: 1800-425-3720 | Email Support: blackberrysupport@redington.co.in
Hours of operation: 10:00 AM – 06:30 PM, Monday to Saturday

The above communication is about Blackberry Curve 9220. Take careful note of text in italics. It does not even talk about Blackberry Enterprise Service as it will not serve any purpose to an individual. But this feature is there in this phone also, but RIM is non-committal on this service as well. . Therefore any person buying a Blackberry, be sure it promises only three things:

Photo courtesy Wikipedia

1.  Voice Communication
2. Access to Blackberry Internet Services.
3. Access to Internet through Browser on WiFi.

The legal problem is that while selling the phone they do not say so. Can you sell a device and do not disclose the hidden or postponed charges? What if you buy a car and every time you switch on radio or CD-Player it asks you to pay? Or what you buy a car but you may have to pay a monthly rental for its engine or exhaust pipe or some other important part of it which you can not remove from it? It would constitute cheating. Inducement to part with property (money) without any intention to deliver what was impliedly promised due to non-disclosure of essential terms. The correct approach would be to clearly mention on each box, the financial implications which would ensue after the sale is complete.

What they also do not disclose that their BIS piggy ride on local cellular service provider and naturally they both charge you together. Hence you end up paying about 4-5 times more than what you pay for normal Internet access through cellular phone. I was wondering why it is so. The reason is historical. In 1999, when Research In Motion, the Manufacturer of this phone, started, they were the only company providing data access on a mobile phone. In fact back then it was known as two-way pager. The world changed. Technology changed. Mobile phones changed. Cellular Service Providers Changed. Tariffs nose-dived. Borders shrunk. Research In Motion did not or could not change. Hence the same legacy pattern of tariff, which now look exorbitant. Problem is not that it charges so much but the real problem is it offers so less at these charges ie.: 1. Messaging, 2. email, 3. Device backup/sync. Since I am struck with it, I have to find some ways to deal with bye-passing this BIS. I shall post about my efforts about using the phone without help of RIM in future posts.

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Push Mail Sync in India

 

Image courtesy learntelecom.com

Even though the Android has changed the way things work in the push-mail. Yet more choices or competition generally bring out the best. I recently came across this offer which would be only for India as this carrier does not operate outside India. It would be interested to know what more they offer besides syncing contacts, calendar, tasks and notes etc. apart from the Push-mail. It is claimed that they support almost all popular devices including blackberry and android.

BSNL has launched BharatSync Push Mail & PIM Sync services for its esteemed Customer all over India. By Using this service, BSNL customers will be able to get email pushed to their mobile phone virtually from any of their email accounts as well as perform synchronization of their Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Tasks across their mobile phone and BSNL BharatSync server.  http://bsnl.co.in/bharat_berry/

The service is available for Rs. 80/ per month. A good option if BSNL is your carrier and you are struck with that Shylock Blackberry.

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