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    I am not sure if this is the right place or not, if it's not I am extremely sorry, I just figured since the 2.0 talk is going on here I would ask it here.

    Are we going to need an enterprise data plan in order to use exchange or will it work with the normal data plan that most people have with the iphone?

    Just a curious question. Thanks



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    Microsoft Exchange is built into the firmware.

    So even unlocked T-Mobile would work.

    In short, you can have a normal plan.

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    Att tried to tell me that it was required.

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    Some of the customer service people at AT&T have no clue about what they are talking about. This is because when you call you are talking to a third party call center that is subcontracted to handle the bulk of all the calls and requests.
    Sometimes I've noticed that if you ask a low level rep or sales person a question that is not scripted in their answer sheet they'll just make up an answer so as to quickly close the support ticket and move on to the next customer. I you really need something with them you need to figure out how to escalate the ticket up the support ladder.

    In short, having Push mail on any devise (Windows Mobile, Symbian or iPhone), only requires you to have a regular unlimited data plan on the carrier of your choice. I say or recommend unlimited because depending on the amount of emails you get, the volume of data you may be downloading may kill your wallet on a pay as go you go basis data plan.

    Right now I have Push running on a MediaNet unlimited data plan from AT&T with an iPhone OS 2.0 5a240d and a regular iPhone unlimited data plan from AT&T with OS 2.0 5a308 (had to activate the regular way so as to register the device for development).
    Both are running Push Mail from my Exchange 2007 server.

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    It's not all reliant on the phone. ATT might block certain ports on their network connections if you're not on the Enterprise plan. I would personally try it out on the plan you want; if it works great, else you'll have to upgrade.

    -EKLynx


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    eklynx has a point...
    It is possible that the cellular provider may block ports or services on certain plans, but often cellular carriers are more concerned of excess usage rather than what services you use it for. It is too much administration to be chasing around and keeping up with ports and services so as to block them.

    Besides Push being a convenience to get your email pushed into your device as soon as it arrives, it is actually a network usage savior. The "keepalive", that Activesync uses to advertise to the Exchange Server, uses very little network activity compared to checking your email every 5, 10, 15, 30, etc minutes. I don't see a reason a carrier would see Push as a threat to their network so as to increase their rates.

    There are competitive forces for carriers that shape how they design their service plans. Limitations, if any, tend not to last.

    Nevertheless, I have accounts with 4 different GSM providers and I have never had issues with Push on any of their data networks (GPRS, EDGE, UMTS or HSDPA) and in none of them I have specific Enterprise data plans.

    I did some reading on AT&T's Terms and Conditions and the only thing I found is:
    ENTERPRISE EMAIL
    Eligible data plan and device required. Terms may vary depending on selected Enterprise Email solution.
    ......
    MICROSOFT DIRECT PUSH
    Requires Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server with Service Pack 2 and, with respect to each end user, a compatible device operating on a Windows Mobile 5 platform (with Message Security Feature Pack) and an email account enabled with Direct Push. Plans include end user and IT help desk customer support from AT&T for Windows Mobile 5 and device side ActiveSync issues. AT&T does not sell, supply, install or otherwise support Microsoft software, products or services (including without limitation, Exchange and Direct Push). In the event you cease to be an employee of your company, or if your company ceases to support a compatible Exchange Server, you may migrate to another AT&T data plan for which you qualify.

    You be the judge on how you choose your plan....

 

 

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