Mobile Email for Cost-Conscious Enterprises

Research In Motion (NSDQ: RIMM)'s BlackBerrys may be the ultimate enterprise mobile e-mail devices for now, but not everyone is interested in them, nor the headaches that go with them. Same goes for Windows Mobile devices.

You've probably also heard about mobile e-mail systems from the likes of Good (part of Motorola (NYSE: MOT)'s enterprise division), Sybase (NYSE: SY), Visto, and what used to be Intellisync (now part of Nokia (NYSE: NOK)). These are all fine products that will -- similar to RIM's -- sync smartphones with corporate e-mail servers, including e-mail, contacts, and calendar information. They all have their pros and cons and are solid solutions for enterprises that need full smartphone support.

Smartphones are powerful tools that are becoming more widespread each day, but the fact of the matter is, they aren't for everybody. "Based on customer preferences, some love BlackBerrys and some are always going to want it," said Mike Tomassi, marketing manager with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless. "Many just want some type of mainstream handset, some want devices that can slide into their pockets." That doesn't mean the non-smartphone crowd should have to do without access to mobile e-mail.

The good news is, mobile network operators have started to realize this. They are offering alternative products that take the place of servers and smartphones and will push e-mail without the need for your business to drop a boatload of cash just to get started.

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