I'm getting used to the tiny keyboard, and I like the user interface, intuitive and simple.
I've also downloaded and installed some third-party software:
- Gmail mobile client
- Yahoo chat
- Google chat
Then I decided to install IBM Sametime 7.5.1 Mobile client phone (BlackBerry version) trying to connect it to my public Sametime Server. Previously I had checked I could connect to the Sametime server using the "classic" Sametime Connect client.
I do not have yet a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) installed in the company I work for, but I just wanted to connect to my public Sametime server via Vodafone Italy.
I made the following steps:
- using the BB web browser I downloaded the BB Mobile client sw package on my phone
- I installed it and setup the connection info for direct Internet connection to my BB server
I asked for help to some companies involved in my problem:
They replied that my software (Sametime Mobile client) could not connect to my server (Sametime) because, maybe, it tried to connect using BlackBerry APN (Access Point name). They suggested to try setting up my BB phone using the Vodafone APN ("but beware that doing so it you will cost you extra-money...").
They said to make a test connecting the Mobile client over "standard" port 80.
I had to enable port tunneling on the Sametime server: once again the Sametime Connect client could connect using port 80, but the Mobile client on BlackBerry could not! The RIM support told me there are two Sametime client: one provided by IBM (Mobile) and another that you can download from a BES server: really?
After some days IBM Support wrote I could not use a Sametime Mobile client on a BB device to connect directly to a public Sametime server: I needed a a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). "A Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) is required to provision the Sametime
Mobile client with this information"
The long story short
I could easily connect my BlackBerry device to chat services like Yahoo and Google, just downloading and configuring programs specially developed for my device.
On the contrary, I tried hard, but I could not connect my Sametime Mobile client to my public Sametime server, even enabling port tunnelling on the Sametime server.
I feel disappointed.
I really wanted to connect to my company Sametime server from the Internet, especially when I will be working away from the company.
I will wait the installation of the BES Server in my company.
Previously I successfully installed a Sametime Mobile Client on my QTEK phone using Windows CE: the client could connect directly to my Sametime Server.