Cingular Wireless will offer its business customers access to corporate e-mail via Direct Push Technology, a feature of Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) upgrade, beginning on 19 June 2006.
The solution initially will be available on two of the company's Windows Mobile devices, the Cingular 8100 Pocket PC (pictured) and Cingular 2125 Smartphone.
Direct Push Technology delivers an enhanced mobile experience to organizations that use Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 by pushing updates to e-mail, calendar items, contacts and tasks as they arrive directly from the Exchange Server to the devices.
Also new is the Global Address Lookup (GAL), an over-the-air (OTA) look-up of addresses that enables a mobile user to send email to anyone in the companyís Global Address List, even if they do not have the recipientís contact details on their device.
MSFP additionally enhances these Windows Mobile-powered Cingular Wireless devices by delivering improved device management and added security features for IT administrators, like over-the-air device password policy enforcement and remote wipe of the device in case of loss or theft.
Corporate customers will be able to access e-mail and other Microsoft Office Outlook-related functions via new solution-specific rate plans. These rate plans will identify Direct Push Technology customers and qualify them for specialized customer service and technical support, a key part of the Cingular Wireless e-mail offering.
For new B2B customers, the client software is included on the Cingular 8100 Series and Cingular 2125 devices and the server software is included in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2. Users of devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 simply plug in the same credentials they would use for Outlook Web Access, and their e-mail and other Outlook information is delivered automatically. All existing customers can download the upgrade for free from the Cingular website.
Enhancements to security and device management include remote policy enforcement, remote device wipe, password enforcement, native S/MIME support, certificate-based authentication and FIPS 140-2 certification.
Microsoft Direct Push Technology will be available through Cingularís B2B sales organization starting on June 19. For the Cingular 8100 Series Pocket PC, the Cingular Microsoft Direct Push Technology data plan is US$44.99 with a qualifying voice plan for unlimited Internet and e-mail access. For the Cingular 2125 Smartphone, the data plan is US$29.99 with a qualifying voice plan for unlimited Internet and e-mail access. Both plans include access to specialized tier 1 and 2 support.
Cingular customers that already have deployed Cingular 8100 Series or Cingular 2125 devices can download the MSFP software update for free starting from 19 June.