11-07-2012 06:54 PM
I'm a 7 year user of Blackberry and Exchange server where all emails, contacts, and calendar items are sync'd both ways instantaneously. Now that I'm no longer with company, I'm trying to relearn how to set the BB up again.
What's the best way to have BB sync with Outlook? emails, calendar, and contacts. I've looked into Google apps but it seems that it takes up to 30 mins to sync. Anyone have experience with using google apps that can comment?
11-14-2012 03:20 PM - edited 11-14-2012 03:22 PM
"Best" is a challenging item to meet since it depends so much on the subjective judgment of each individual. So, rather than that, I'll try to point you to various solutions as well as some pros/cons of each as far as I see them.
If you are on BIS, then you definitely want to configure it for OTA email...but see this for the various capabilities of each email system:
Note carefully that historical emails will not come to the BB...that's just not what it's designed to do. Rather, it will present new emails starting at the time of configuration. Even under BES, it is not designed for this...though some older items can come to the BB via the BES pre-population function.
Also note that folders are normally not available...though with IMAP, they may work in some cases (things are different based on different OS levels folks are running on their BB).
To use IMAP on Google, you must configure that inside of Google itself before you configure it onto the BB...the best way for that is to (inside of GMail) shut off POP and have only IMAP functioning for your GMail, then configure the BB and it should grab the proper IMAP GMail configuration... you cannot direct the BB email configuration to use any protocol...it automatically selects based on what if finds available at the server to which you've direct it.
As for OTA calendar and contacts, that varies by service as well...see these:
Concerning time delays, you can't get around those...only BES enables "real time" updates between the BB and the server. BIS-level services just do not have that.
As for Google Apps, that is a paid (to Google) environment, so I've not done anything with it. The primary thing that I believe it offers is the synchronization between Outlook and the Google servers for Contacts and Calendar. Calendar can be done without Google Apps (with an add on to the PC), but I've found no free add-ons for doing the same with Contacts. But, as far as I understand, Google Apps offers nothing to enhance the OTA reconciliation to the BB...BIS remains in charge of that functionality.
If you don't use OTA Calendar/Contacts, then the Desktop Software is intended to synchronize that data via USB:
11-14-2012 03:44 PM
Great response. I'm sure this can be a resource for many people.
What I'm missing are some basics. For," KB00561 How to configure wireless calendar synchronization on a BlackBerry smartphone", is this sync between Blackberry calendar and Outlook calendar on computer? I don't understand what is being sync'd.
Same question for contacts.
Thanks for you help.
11-14-2012 03:46 PM
11-14-2012 04:01 PM
Thanks. So maybe I need to actually go back another step. What server? This is who is hosting my email right?
So I have my own domain name hosted at godaddy. I have a web interface for email, calendar, and contacts. So I can sync my Blackberry to this correct?
11-14-2012 04:16 PM