Blackberry BIS 2.8 Features Leaked

BerryReview.com claims to have received the change long for the Blackberry Internet Service 2.8 upgrade. OS 5.0 will apparently be required for the upgrade, which is expected to come out in September.

The most significant new feature is two-way OTA synchronization with Google PIM data, though there is an important disclaimer about how often this sync will take place and what devices can utilize it:

The documentation says this is scheduled to sync every 4 hours and will not work on BlackBerry Connect devices. It also will obviously not work on BES contacts or even Google Mail Contact Groups whatever those are.

Also included are changes to email settings:

  • Automatic Login now supports most billing identifiers, which allows new subscribers with wireless service providers that use PIN, IMEI, or ESN as a billing identifier to create BlackBerry Internet Service accounts from the BlackBerry smart phone, without having to create a login user name and password
  • Note: This feature will be available approximately one week after the BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade.
  • With BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8, new Windows Live Hotmail mail integrations will be defaulted to a protocol that is designed so as not to require 90 day reauthorization.
  • Note: Existing BlackBerry smart phone users accessing Windows Live Hotmail using Microsoft MSP will still be required to revalidate their Windows Live Hotmail account every 90 days.

[BerryReview.com via Boy Genius Report]

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