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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.
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Also, Exchange 2003 SP2

batmon @ 2/24/2006 2:36:12 PM # Q
Exchange 2003 SP2 and WM5 will do PUSH emails. I don't have a 700w but I think it suppose to work without any additional middleware. Admin can even configure it to erase all data if 3 password tries failed. :-)

RE: Also, Exchange 2003 SP2
Ryan @ 2/24/2006 2:46:15 PM # Q
Yes you are correct, however this functionality has not been released yet and is for Windows Mobile. You have to install a Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) to enable this and its not out yet. Palm has pledged to release this soon, but I don't think they've set a date. See -
RE: Also, Exchange 2003 SP2
twizza @ 2/24/2006 5:11:00 PM # Q
You can do SMS triggered 'get email' right now in which many wont notice. But yea, waiting till that comes out would be the tipping point for WM devices. And I am sure that BBConnect would be running out around the same time.
RE: Also, Exchange 2003 SP2
EdH @ 2/24/2006 5:14:39 PM # Q
Ryan @ 2/24/2006 2:46:15 PM
Yes you are correct, however this functionality has not been released yet and is for Windows Mobile

Yes it has. MS released it months ago and OEMs are starting to trickle out devices with it on there. I know one phone already can be purchased with this functionality, and companies like IMate, Verizon, Cingular, T-Mobile and others are committed to updating their devices in the coming weeks.

Also, even without the functionality, Exchange 2003 has always been able to push the message to the device. It pings the device with an SMS message that triggers a sync. The problem is, SMS messages can be delayed, especially if roaming, and you pay for each SMS - or it gets deducted from your plan. Exchange 2003 SP2 just uses a pure HTTP mechanism to trigger the sync. Works globally, roaming or not, is timely and is covered under normal data plans.

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No Injunction Yet

Caspian @ 2/24/2006 3:02:50 PM # Q
The judge has held off on issuing an injunction, so non-BlackBerry work arounds may not be necessary.

Even so, I have already decided that I will move to the Treo 700p with BlackBerry Connect when (if) they become available. I like my BlackBerry device OK, but I miss my Palm OS applications.

Palm III> Palm IIIx> Palm IIIc> Sony T615> Sony T665> Sony TH55

RIMM settled - it's over - in more ways than one
SeldomVisitor @ 3/3/2006 5:22:50 PM # Q
Nuff said.

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The TRUE crime in this RIM/NTP saga...

hkklife @ 2/24/2006 3:24:37 PM # Q Palm not having at LEAST one new POS Treo waiting in the wings. Regardless of the outcome of the RIM verdict, a lot of people are going to be looking for BB alternatives for any number of reasons (comfort with POS,better media capabilities, prefer the FF etc). Palm should be ASHAMED of themselves for not having anything other than a single model running a "competitor's" OS available on ONE carrier and an 18-month old neutered Treo 650.

At the very least, issue a cryptic press release that SOMETHING is forthcoming or cleverly leak a few pics onto Engadget etc.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory seems Palm's MO time and time again.

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX

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Chatteremail is the best push email solution

horatio8 @ 2/24/2006 4:00:50 PM # Q
Chatter is the best push email soluiton for the Treo, IMHO. It works great with any IMAP or Exchange server. The developer is constantly improving the product and provides great support. I used Versamail for an hour before I dumped it for Chatter.

Could you please add Chatter to the list?

RE: Chatteremail is the best push email solution
Ryan @ 2/24/2006 4:20:53 PM # Q
Thanks for the tip on Chattermail. I knew I missed a couple of options. I added it to the article. Let me know if there are any others I missed.
RE: Chatteremail is the best push email solution
DerNik @ 2/25/2006 6:48:40 PM # Q
I use chatter and it does it's job quite good without having the need of middle ware. However beside the great email synchronization i am missing a sync for contacts, appointments and the other exchange stuff like memos and todos. I am tired about the wired and asynchronous synchronization.

Could you please point out the solutions which sync more objects than only emails?

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How about SnapperMail?

SilvrDrgn @ 2/26/2006 8:05:16 AM # Q
SnapperMail is designed to run on all PalmOS devices (not just the Treo line like Chatter). It's an excellent program with a great feature set and intuitive interface!
RE: How about SnapperMail?
Admin @ 2/26/2006 2:45:05 PM # Q
Snappermail is a great email program. However, I was mostly looking at push email solutions and corporate messaging systems in this article.

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