Opening up mobile e-mail

OpenHand has launched a mobile service that enables business travellers to get their e-mail on the move without costing their...

OpenHand has launched a mobile service that enables business travellers to get their e-mail on the move without costing their company a monthly user charge.
 
Many users with a Blackberry mail server, for instance, can experience monthly user charges of around £15, but London-based property consultancy Spring 4 is using an alternative system from OpenHand, which does not attract such charges.

The company has integrated its 4,000-strong contacts database with a Microsoft Exchange mail server running the OpenHand e-mail system for mobile workers. Users travelling around both the UK and internationally can, therefore, receive and send e-mail and access the corporate contacts book.

They are accessing the information via O2 and O2 partner networks around the world via both GSM and GPRS (general packet radio service) networks using Sony Ericsson P900 smart phones.

Spring 4 operations director Richard Peperell says: “We’re constantly on the move and have to exchange documents all the time. We were looking for an accessible system, but one that did not require a huge financial investment.

 “Other providers were, initially, attractive, but once we looked at the projected running costs, we saw they were way too high,” he added. “OpenHand doesn’t charge a monthly rate, so all we paid was the initial system purchase price, plus the operator’s ongoing call charges.”

The OpenHand-powered mail server sits behind the corporate firewall and provides 128-bit AES (advanced encryption standard) data security.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia 

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