Vodafone UK Launches Push Email Service, Promises ActiveSync Updates
Posted on 28-Nov-2005 13:19
Filed under: News
Vodafone UK is introducing the Vodafone Business Email service. To cover business use, Vodafone UK will also introduce the Blackberry Connect service and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices and email services in the near future.
Vodafone wants to support mobile working by improving access to desktop email and personal information management (PIM) systems for users on the move. These three new services and products will complement the BlackBerry from Vodafone and Vodafone Mobile Connect services.
From early December, Vodafone Business Email will be available in two forms. For smaller companies and individuals, a personal solution that ‘pushes’ internet emails to a selection of mobile phones in real time is available. This selection includes the Sony Ericsson P910i, Nokia 9300, Nokia 6680, Vodafone v1620, VPA compact, HP hw6510 and Motorola
MPX220 and coming soon are the Vodafone v1640, Vodafone v1240 (pictured), and the Nokia N70.
In addition, the enterprise server-hosted version, gives larger companies the ‘push’ email and PIM functionality on a wider
selection of Symbian and Windows Mobile-based devices. The set-up is simple and entirely wireless, allowing existing devices to be email enabled without having to return to the office.
This service platform is powered by Visto software.
BlackBerry Connect allows new and existing Vodafone enterprise and SME customers, via BlackBerry Enterprise Server, to benefit from BlackBerry features, such as push email, attachment viewing and secure encryption on a broader range of handsets, including the Nokia, 6810, 6820 and 6822. Coming soon are the VPx, Vodafone v1620, the Nokia 9300 and 9500.
Completing the offering is the Microsoft Windows Mobile service using scheduled ActiveSync (not the push email version), designed for companies that use Microsoft Exchange 2003. By upgrading to Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones companies can ensure that end users have access to their familiar Windows environment including Outlook, or if using a Windows Mobile-based PDA, Word Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and Excel Mobile as well. Attachments on a Windows Mobile-based PDA can be viewed in colour, edited and forwarded.
Additional Windows Mobile-based services, like direct push technology, which pushes Outlook information quickly and directly to a mobile device, will be available early 2006.
Alongside these new email solutions, Vodafone will soon offer all Vodafone smart device customers access to enhanced customer service support. This secure service will allow Vodafone to remotely configure, interrogate, diagnose, manage and maintain smart devices connected to the Vodafone network.
The service will also offer a lock and/or wipe facility for lost or stolen phones to protect sensitive information held on the handset. The service will be inclusive on certain