T-Mobile UK today has announced the availability of its push E-Mail service for customers using Windows Mobile 5.0 handsets. The service is available for companies running Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 and offers a flat-rate tariff to simplify billing for firms.
Microsoft Push E-Mail from T-Mobile is available immediately under the operator's Web'n'walk Professional tariff, which launched in May for laptop users with datacards. This offers unlimited data access, subject to a fair use policy, for Ã‚Â£ 17 per month for data-only or Ã‚Â£ 8,50 per month on top of a voice tariff. T-Mobile defines fair use as up to 2 GB of data traffic per month.
Jote Bassi, marketing manager for data at T-Mobile, said "the service is an alternative to BlackBerry for customers that prefer a Microsoft-based system. The differentiator is that it's a simple tariff, offering predictable pricing each month, and works on a range of devices," he added.
The service will be available across all of T-Mobile's Windows Mobile 5.0 handsets, including its MDA Pro and MDA Vario as long as these devices were updated to the required AKU 2 Windows Mobile ROM, which supports the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) and works over GPRS and 3G connections. It does not require any third-party infrastructure.
"We already sell these Microsoft devices, but push E-Mail turns them into an indispensable tool for business," said Bassi, adding that the new service turns the MDA into a 'mini laptop'.
Companies will need to have an E-Mail system based on Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 to make use of the service. This version of Microsoft's groupware server added support for push delivery of E-Mails, along with the ability for administrators to remotely wipe a lost or stolen handset and enforce keypad lock settings on company devices.
According to Bassi "T-Mobile plans to extend the Microsoft Push E-Mail service to include Nokia's E61 enterprise handset, plus other phones that are not Windows-based but which are compatible with Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol.
E-Mail will be ubiquitous in the future. It will be up you to choose which tariff and device best suits you."
Cheers ~ Arne