Users save by picking up their e-mail on any phone in any country

Nokia has introduced a mobile e-mail system that sends messages to users' phones in voice format. The solution offers a cheaper...

Nokia has introduced a mobile e-mail system that sends messages to users' phones in voice format. The solution offers a cheaper way to pick up messages while abroad.

The Nokia One system, which also allows e-mails to be sent from e-mail servers in text format, is designed to make it cheaper and easier for companies to set-up a mobile messaging system using any make of phone.

Users install a relatively small piece of Java-based middleware on their e-mail server, and messages are routed via a global Nokia switching network that supports international roaming.

Users are automatically notified of new e-mails via SMS and use short codes to dial in to their in-box.

An English user in Germany, for instance, would be able to have e-mails read to them in English, while a German user in England would be read their e-mails in German. To connect, users pay local call rates.

Companies pay a flat rate access charge for each user, covering an unlimited amount of messages a month.

Gerhard Romen, head of sales and marketing for new growth businesses at Nokia Ventures, said companies would only pay between €10 and €20 (£7 to £14) a month for each user, which is a lot cheaper than what users pay to access e-mail on their phones and laptops over international operator networks.

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