Palm OS BlackBerry Email Alternatives
Today is the big day in the RIM vs. NTP patent suit. A US judge is hearing arguments from both companies and is expected to reach a decision on the shutdown (update: no shutdown ruling today). Whatever the outcome, this whole ordeal has forced IT managers and companies to take a closer look at alternatives to BlackBerry devices. In this article, PalmInfocenter takes a look at Palm OS wireless messaging alternatives to the RIM push email service.
Good Technology offers GoodLink, a wireless messaging and corporate data access system that provides mobile field forces with a two-way wirelessly synchronized connection to Microsoft Exchange Server (enterprise email, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks) and other critical applications like CRM, ERP and SCM. GoodLink includes synchronizing server software, security and application software for managing multiple networks and a variety of devices including the Treo 650.
Intellisync offers a number of options including a hosted push email service. According to the Company, Intellisync Wireless Email Express is one of the fastest and simplest ways to “have a BlackBerry-like experience for wireless email on virtually any data-enabled mobile device.” The service also offers PIM sync that keeps users’ inboxes, calendars, contacts, tasks and notes up to date while they are away from the office. Intellisync was recently acquired by Nokia.
Consilient Technologies is another player in the wireless push email group. Consilient Mobile Mail extends wireless functionality and features of the Treo, including wireless email, wireless reconciliation, and attachment support. Email platforms supported for push email on Treo include Oracle Collaboration Suite, Sun Java System Messaging Server (iPlanet, Netscape), Novell GroupWise, Cyrus, Mirapoint or any IMAP4 server. They also offer a hosted version as well as a enterprise edition which integrates into an organization’s existing network behind the firewall.
Visto offers Visto Mobile, which provides departmental and enterprise access to corporate email without the need for a desktop computer. Visto Mobile Enterprise Server is software installed inside the corporate firewall that integrates with either Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino to provide mobile workers with real-time, secure access to corporate data.
Yahoo! even has a push email Treo solution available for the consumer market. The service allows consumers to sign into and manage their Yahoo! Mail account from their phone, including, easy message management and access to their Yahoo! Address Book.
BlackBerry Connect for Palm OS
We've been hearing for ages that Palm and PalmSource have been working with RIM on bringing BlackBerry Connect software to the Palm OS. This solution from Palm & RIM will bring BlackBerry like service and compatibility with existing RIM server deployments. Palm says they will make this available for the Treo 650 sometime in early 2006.
VersaMail, the email application that is pre-installed on the Treo, offers options for automatic email fetching at specified intervals. While this is not true push email, it can be convenient as it will automatically check your email when you want it to. It supports POP3 and IMAP servers as well as GMail. VersaMail also has Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support built in which allows you to directly wirelessly synchronize with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 accounts.
If VersaMail isn't your thing, there is a large variety of email clients available for the Palm OS.
DataViz also offers a wireless software solution to provide secure, wireless and direct synchronization with Exchange Server 2003. RoadSync for Palm Powered devices offers access to corporate Outlook e-mail with attachments.
Chatteremail is another popular push email program for Treo smartphones. It adds push email with compatible IMAP servers, two-way syncing of messages, a color-coded summary mailbox and background operation. It does not require any third-party “intermediate” server or desktop redirection software.
The Palm OS platform offers organizations a large variety of Push email and wireless messaging options. Using an open platform gives customers and IT managers much more choice and flexibility in building wireless communication services on a number of different mobile devices and smartphones.