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    Hi evryone,

    FYI.

    Take care all,

    Jay

    AT&T to Support PlayBook Bridge App... Finally

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    By REUTERSJuly 1, 2011, (Reporting by Sinead Carew. Editing by Robert MacMillan)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a delay of more than two months, AT&T Inc has agreed to support BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd's Bridge application, which lets BlackBerry users see email and other services on RIM's PlayBook tablet without incurring additional charges.

    When the PlayBook launched on April 19, AT&T said it was still testing the Bridge feature to make sure it was something that it wanted to offer, leading some analysts to question whether RIM was losing support from important carrier partners.

    But AT&T said on Friday that it started support for Bridge that day. AT&T customers who want to get access to their BlackBerry email, contacts calendar and BlackBerry instant messages on their PlayBook's bigger screen can do so without paying extra fees to AT&T.

    Customers who want to use the Bridge app for browsing the Web on the Playbook will have to pay $20 a month.

    RIM said before the PlayBook launch that AT&T would support the service along with other operators such as its bigger rival Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc.
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    Good for them, though you'd think RIM would have shipped the PIM update by now...
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    This may have something to do with it:

    The Real Reason There Was No Email On The BlackBerry PlayBook LINK


    Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can't support two devices with one person's account, according to a source.
    Here's how our source explains it: "The Blackberry email system is the BES -- which is the source/focus of all the famous BB security. The BES email server has the concept of one user = one device (or they call it PIN)."

    When RIM built its system it didn't see ahead to realize there would be a time when a user could have a smartphone and a tablet. So now it has "significant work to make the BES support multiple devices."


    Had to skip native email support? A RIM device without native email? What's the point, Angry Birds?
    Last edited by sinsin07; 07/02/2011 at 02:07 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinsin07 View Post
    This may have something to do with it:

    The Real Reason There Was No Email On The BlackBerry PlayBook LINK


    Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can't support two devices with one person's account, according to a source.
    Here's how our source explains it: "The Blackberry email system is the BES -- which is the source/focus of all the famous BB security. The BES email server has the concept of one user = one device (or they call it PIN)."

    When RIM built its system it didn't see ahead to realize there would be a time when a user could have a smartphone and a tablet. So now it has "significant work to make the BES support multiple devices."


    Had to skip native email support? A RIM device without native email? What's the point, Angry Birds?
    Hi,

    Thank you...the article was very enlightening and it shows what a major mess RIM/BB has!.

    take care,

    Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    This is why I hate carriers. Carries muddle up the whole mobile experience. I bet AT&T finally agreed to it because they saw that with so few Playbooks being sold, they weren't losing anything by allowing it.
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    No, it's because they agreed after telling people they will charge them for tethering. I'm betting AT&T is the only carrier demanding a tethering charge for Bridge. That's for the data connection though, you can still get email, contacts, etc. included free as Bridge intended. The reason they were testing is exactly as I suspected, to stop tethering.
    HP has officially ruined it's own platform and kicked webOS loyalists and early TouchPad adopters to the curb. You think after you drop it like a hot potato and mention it made no money and is costing you money, anyone else wants it??? Way to go HP!!

    And some people are fools to keep believing their hype. HP has shown they will throw webOS under the bus and people are still having faith in them??? News flash: if it's own company won't stand behind it, it's finished!
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    What AT&T is charging is the "bridge browser" --- this is what 99% of the press has not explained fully because the "bridge browser" always crashed in the first couple of weeks of the Playbook launch. But since then, updates have made the "bridge browser" fairly usable (there are still kinks).

    Most demo videos show only the "bridge email", "bridge contacts" and "bridge calender" --- where the Playbook sync's with the Blackberry handset via bluetooth.

    But there is a fourth "bridge" app --- the "bridge browser" --- in which the Playbook sync's with the Blackberry handset via bluetooth, pulls websites from RIM's "network operating center" via the handset, but use Playbook's browser to decode it. Even though your blackberry handset's browser doesn't have flash, it will pulls flash data anyway so that you will end up with a fully flash website on your Playbook browser.

    Here is a video demo on how the "bridge browser" works:



    Every carrier (except AT&T) doesn't charge extra money for the "bridge browser".

    So you are in the middle of nowhere with zero wifi and you like to watch some music videos on youtube or get weather reports from weather.com, what do you do? What you CANNOT do is launch the youtube app or the weather app --- because you don't have wifi access. But you can launch your Playbook's "bridge browser" to go to youtube.com to watch a streaming flash video or go to weather.com to look up the weather.

    Verizon doesn't charge you for doing that via the "bridge browser". But if you want to use the youtube APP or the weather APP via tethering, only then Verizon will charge you for that. Yes, the "bridge browser" still has some kinks --- but you are also saving $20 a month on tethering charge.
    Last edited by samab; 07/05/2011 at 01:06 PM.
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    Thanks samab for the clarification.

    However, it's one Bridge too many LOL
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    Yeah, they should've clarified that. I thought Bridge meant the full Bridge, no idea there were so many bridges.

    I still hate the carrier for muddling up the experience though...
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    Just imagine AT&T swallowing up T-Mobile USA. It's not going to be pretty.
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    Now that ATT is starting to collect some tolls (for now "bridge browser"), I wonder how long it will be before Verizon decides it wants to be a toll collector, but more importantly, can I use my E-ZPass. LOL
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    The iphone's international launch is the definitive learning tool.

    Don't need to learn Norwegian to find out how expensive Norwegian plans are, there are always going to be some guy reporting it in English in a technology blog somewhere.

    All the idiotic iphone plans come from countries like Norway (2 national carriers), Canada (my home country with 3 national carriers), France (all 3 national carriers being fined in 2008 hundreds of millions of euro for price fixing)... The iphone paradise is Hong Kong (6 carriers), UK (until last year, 5 national carriers).

    4 national carriers is the minimum number to get decent mobile plans.

    3 year contracts is not out of the question in the US after AT&T swallows up T-Mobile USA, we have 3 year contracts in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samab View Post
    The iphone's international launch is the definitive learning tool.

    Don't need to learn Norwegian to find out how expensive Norwegian plans are, there are always going to be some guy reporting it in English in a technology blog somewhere.

    All the idiotic iphone plans come from countries like Norway (2 national carriers), Canada (my home country with 3 national carriers), France (all 3 national carriers being fined in 2008 hundreds of millions of euro for price fixing)... The iphone paradise is Hong Kong (6 carriers), UK (until last year, 5 national carriers).

    4 national carriers is the minimum number to get decent mobile plans.

    3 year contracts is not out of the question in the US after AT&T swallows up T-Mobile USA, we have 3 year contracts in Canada.
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