Saturday, March 15, 2008

Blackberry switch from 8703e to Pearl

I recently switched from the BlackBerry 8703e - which is the typical brick like black berry most corporate types like myself use to the much more slender, telephone-like black berry pearl..

Switching was an interesting experience:

1. buy new blackberry and appropriate holster / hip case
2. have carrier insert your new blackberry pin into the carrier's portal on the blackberry site (automatically carried over my private e-mail accounts)
3. go home and run black berry desktop
4. select transfer data from one black berry to another
5. do it
6. contact IT department at employer.
7. activate / re-activate enterprise license
8. wait

The Pearl is very nice, but quite different from the brick-like 8700 and 8800 series black berry's:

1. It has two letters per key and uses an advanced t-9 predictive model to figure out what your typing - doesn't work well on passwords
2. screen is narrower - contact information is displayed differently
3. video looks much better
4. has a camera and a micro sd slot
5. plays mp3's (somehow)

I'm curious if the enterprise activation will create problems - will it duplicate data that was transfered in step 4?

Another concern is that my custom applications did not seem to transfer over. The biggest concern is with Ascendo's Data Vault application. Ever since the upgrade I have become dependent upon it to store (highly encrypted) website data.

We'll see what happens next.

I'll put up another post.

Regards, makingourway

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