Mobile operator Orange has announced pricing for its new Microsoft Exchange Direct Push e-mail service, with prices starting at £6.50 on top of existing voice charges.
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The details of Orange's service come after Vodafone's launch of Microsoft Exchange Direct Push last month.
The basic Orange tariff for low usage will cost £6.50 plus existing voice package charges. This gives users 10Mbytes of e-mail.
Medium usage costs £12 per month for 30Mbytes, while high usage is charged at £25 per month for 200Mbytes. If the mobile phone is used as a modem, Orange charges £55 per month for unlimited downloads.
Microsoft has already said there is a need to deploy additional infrastructure in the Exchange Server environment to support push e-mail. The push e-mail service uses Microsoft Exchange 2003 with service pack 2 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. Users only require a standard data plan in order to synchronise their Windows Mobile 5.0 device with Exchange Server 2003.
Devices supporting Microsoft push e-mail on the Orange network include the SPV C600, M5000 and the new M600 Windows smartphone devices.