6/22/2006 5:52:00 PM
3 does the business
3 has announced new packages aimed at helping businesses access office data on the move.
The company has developed its first push mail service, coupled with price plans tailored for the business market.
Mobile Office Mail allows customers to access emails from their 3G handsets in the same way they would their PC, and supports both the Exchange and Lotus email systems. Users can also synchronise contacts and calendars between their PC and their phone. Customers can purchase data inclusive bundles of 15MB for £5 a month. A slightly cheaper package, Mobile Mail, allows email retrieval from POP 3 mailboxes and is geared towards smaller businesses.
Initial reactions from the dealer channel were positive. 3's TalkShare plans offer 4,000 minutes for £169 which one dealer termed 'pretty exciting'. Some were disappointed that 3 will not follow the lead of T-Mobile and Orange by offering users free insurance, however. The operator also wants to restrict accounts to 20 handsets.
In addition, 3 has announced two new qwerty handsets aimed at the business user; the Nokia E61 and the QTEK 9000, both of which support Mobile Mail. Nokia's N70, 6680 and 6630 handsets also support the service, which will be rolled out across 3's full handset range over the coming months.