The package is the first time that 3, with over 88% population coverage for its 3G services, has launched a service at SMBs. The deal includes two new handsets incorporating qwerty keyboards for the business market and a range of new services such as push-mail. The company also argues that the deal has the best-value inclusive data allowances, removing the need for a separate email device, all designed for business customers.
Mobile Office Mail is 3’s first push-mail service, which it says allows SMBs to have their emails delivered to their 3G handsets exactly as they would on their PCs, so there is no need to set up an ‘out of office’ message. The new service supports Exchange email and no system integration is required.
The mobile solution also supports alerts when new email arrives and will allow SMBs to synchronise contacts and calendar between PC and phone. Another package, Mobile Mail, is available to customers who require access to ‘POP 3’ email from an ISP and can have their mail delivered in ‘near real time’ to their handset.
3 is offering SMBs a price packages that includes data-inclusive bundles, with the option to integrate Mobile Mail with an internet email account or office-based Exchange or Lotus email. The Mobile Mail option includes 10Mb of data per month for £2.50 and is expected to meet the needs of most small business users. The enhanced version, Mobile Office Mail, enabling retrieval of Exchange and Lotus email, includes 15Mb of data per month for £5 and is suited to larger businesses.