Yet another day on the go, but this is not a problem, knowing that the BlackBerry 8700 is keeping me connected with the world from anywhere and at anytime. Another important factor that is worth mentioning here is that the wireless network availability (T-Mobile GSM/GPRS/EDGE) has been outstanding. I pretty much have had a strong signal everywhere except for the few tunnels that I went through when riding the “tube” from London Heathrew to Olympia.
In addition, T-Mobile’s technical support services have been available (even in the mountains of south Germany and Austria. Furthermore, the 611 technical support calls from the BlackBerry 8700 which connect me directly to the T-Mobile US technical support are free of charge. These are all factors to consider if your work includes international travel that requires you to stay connected.
Retrieving Excel attachments with the BlackBerry 8700
I opened an e-mail today which had an attachment (an Excel workbook in this case). Then I clicked the Trackwheel and selected Open Attachment. I was presented with two options, one being the table of contents, and the other being the full content. I select the table of contents, clicked the Trackwheel again, and selected Retrieve. The table of contents was displayed, which in this case consisted of the list of sheets in the attached Excel workbook (see picture on the left).
As described above, the BlackBerry 8700 retrieves the attachment data in small chunks and on-demand instead of retrieving all attachments and all the time. In other words, you get what you ask for. This optimizes both the use of the handheld memory, the network traffic, and the response time.
Viewing attachments but not editing attachments
The BlackBerry 8700 is able to display the popular attachment formats but it does not allow you to edit attachments. As I mentioned on day #35 when using the BlackBerry Pearl, with previous BlackBerry devices, we used a third party add-on application called eOffice to edit attachments such as Word documents and Excel workbooks. I haven’t checked if this application is already available for the BlackBerry Pearl or BlackBerry 8700, but it is something worth exploring if this is an important need for you.