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    BIS 2.8 Coming Soon

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    Only a few months ago we saw the rollout of BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) 2.7 and now 2.8 seems to be coming very soon. The folks over at BerryReview got their hands on an advanced copy of the change log and say the new update is scheduled for sometime in September. Their sources are saying likely around September 10th.

    According to the documentation, the following features will be implemented in this release:
    • Two-way wireless synchronization with Google Mail Contacts* and the Address Book on the BlackBerry smart phone:
      Synchronize Google Mail contacts quickly and easily to the BlackBerry smart phone
      Add or edit Contacts and the Contacts are automatically updated, whether they are updated on the computer or BlackBerry smart phone
      The documentation says this is scheduled to sync every 4 hours and will not work on BlackBerry Connect devices. It also will obviously not work on BES contacts or even Google Mail Contact Groups whatever those are.
    • Enhancements to email setup and settings:
      Automatic Login now supports most billing identifiers, which allows new subscribers with wireless service providers that use PIN, IMEI, or ESN as a billing identifier to create BlackBerry Internet Service accounts from the BlackBerry smart phone, without having to create a login user name and password
      Note: This feature will be available approximately one week after the BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade.
      Windows Live Hotmail revalidation:
    • With BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8, new Windows Live Hotmail mail integrations will be defaulted to a protocol that is designed so as not to require 90 day reauthorization.
      Note: Existing BlackBerry smart phone users accessing Windows Live Hotmail using Microsoft MSP will still be required to revalidate their Windows Live Hotmail account every 90 days.

    BerryReview also said that, "Two-way wireless Contact synchronization with Google Mail Contacts requires BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and configuration through email settings on the BlackBerry smart phone. Additional requirements and constraints may be found within the BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8 Documentation Kit. This feature is not supported on BlackBerry smart phones with BlackBerry® Connect™ software."

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    This is BIG for any BB user, it's nice to see this added. Seamless updated content.

    Two-way wireless synchronization with Google Mail Contacts* and the Address Book on the BlackBerry smart phone:
    Synchronize Google Mail contacts quickly and easily to the BlackBerry smart phone
    Add or edit Contacts and the Contacts are automatically updated, whether they are updated on the computer or BlackBerry smart phone

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    Yes it is. It's one step closer to true mobility with mobile devices. Now if we could get the same feature with our mail accounts, without the need to setup IMAP settings.
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    So this upgrade will be available for anyone with a Blackberry? Also has anyone heard any news on the Onyx/Bold coming out this month?
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    The upgrade will be to the BIS servers for each carrier. So as lomg as you're on a data plan (non-BES), you'll get the new features.
    BlackBerry8900/4.6.1.231 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100

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    Quote Originally Posted by MStrawder View Post
    The upgrade will be to the BIS servers for each carrier. So as lomg as you're on a data plan (non-BES), you'll get the new features.
    BlackBerry8900/4.6.1.231 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100
    Ok thank you for the reply
    BlackBerry9000/4.6.0.297 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102

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