As per media report, real-time push email service would be unveiled by Nokia next week in New Zealand, simultaneously with the release of its new flagship smartphone, the E75, on May 18.
Nokia Mail, the BlackBerry-style service, will function on two levels.
Free middleware would be acquired by business users who buy the E75 and future models in Nokia’s E series, which would enable them to connect to their office email server via Microsoft Exchange or IBM’s Lotus Notes. Nokia says set up is DIY.
“The push email market (for real-time synchronization between email on your phone and PC) will be worth $US25 billion by 2010. While BlackBerry maker RIM is already a huge player in the corporate market, Nokia sees a major opportunity in the consumer space,” expressed Nokia.
Good news is that Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail are all supported, along with thousands of ISPs worldwide. Till now, in New Zealand, Telecom Broadband (formerly Xtra) and Vodafone (via its ISP formerly known as Ihug) have signed on.
All that the customer needs to know is their web mail or ISP log-on name and password to set up the consumer version of Nokia Mail.
Astonishingly, Nokia Mail’s ability to push new email messages to your phone in real-time, plus the ability to view and edit attachments with QuickOffice is being heavily advertised by Nokia, even when there are a number of ways to get web mail on your cellphone.
Furthermore, a Smart Forwarding feature is also included in Nokia Mail that would allow the users forward an email, and its attachment, without downloading the attachment to their handset.
It should be noted that Nokia that does provide one menu for jumping between up to 10 inboxes from different email accounts, but does not support a BlackBerry-style universal inbox for email, voicemail and SMS.
The users would be able to buy Nokia Mail for all of the company’s handsets running its Symbian 60 software (around a quarter of its models, running toward its high-end).