Blackberry has finally come out with a survival plan. A new OS 10. New models of phones Z10 and Q10. I wonder what the alphabet stand for. Perhaps Z for ‘Last’ attempt at touchscreen type OS. While Q may stand for ‘Question mark’ on continuing with qwerty keyboard.
Many good reviews are already on the net which give detail review of features of OS. Here is a review from the perspective of a consumer called upon to decide if it is a time to shift his loyalty away from Blackberry.
OS 10 is based on QNX which is a Unix like OS. It is the same platform on which all the previous touch devices of Blackberry were based. Take a look: Continue reading →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.