PHOENIX, Ariz. — 4SmartPhone, a provider of mobility solutions that enable businesses to share anything, anywhere, anytime, announced today it has delivered the most highly available, affordable and portable mobility solution for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). The company’s 4SmartPhone service, running on the Windows Exchange 2003 platform, delivers seamless access to corporate information on Microsoft Windows Mobile devices as well as most data-enabled phones, smartphones and wireless PDAs. 4SmartPhone is the first to offer professionals who are frequently out of the office, an affordable, convenient mobile office solution that is supported by 24×7 customer service.
“Many SMBs have been unable to take full advantage of the benefits inherent in their mobile devices because they lack the IT infrastructure and support required to do so,” said Craig Mathias, a principal with the wireless advisory firm Farpoint Group (Ashland, Mass.). “4SmartPhone’s offering really levels the playing field, enabling SMBs to gain access to critical personal and corporate information at minimal cost and with maximum convenience.”
Smartphones in particular are rapidly gaining popularity as a mobility solution and productivity tool. Industry predictions hold that by 2008, 40 percent of the mobile handset market will be smartphones, equivalent to shipments of 272 million units per year. Yet smartphones remain relatively expensive to use. In addition, the operating systems, software and synchronization processes required to fully maximize the smartphone’s mobility benefits can be complex, requiring significant resources to implement and maintain. As a result, SMBs are less likely to deploy and use smartphone technology to facilitate true business mobility.
4SmartPhone addresses the SMB market with an offering that includes all the features of expensive, mostly proprietary enterprise wireless solutions, but at a cost that rivals the consumer-oriented services that are too limited for a business environment. With 4SmartPhone, users can access constantly updated or real-time information with the most familiar functions of Microsoft Outlook on a wireless device, including inbox, contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, and shared/public folders. While the system operates on the Windows Mobile platform, it can also support other platforms in a customized version. In addition, the solution enables real-time access to information through synchronization over the air (cradleless synch), allowing users to send, receive and review attachments in the most common formats such as Excel, Word and PDF files.
With 4SmartPhone, SMBs can reliably and securely share information across an enterprise-class platform that offers private and shared data repositories. With an automatic synchronization process that takes place over the air, users have real-time access to information virtually anywhere, anytime, allowing them to more effectively capitalize on business opportunity. In addition, 4SmartPhone provides a shared IT infrastructure that offers companies data recovery assurance and reliability.
“One thing I have absolutely gained is the immediacy of the information I receive,” said Youri Bebic, vice president of North American Sales, Gemplus of Dallas, Texas. “The phone is always with me, whether I’m playing golf or at the office. The biggest advantage for me is the ability to access my agenda and contacts, and send and receive emails all without my laptop. I no longer take my laptop when I travel.”
4SmartPhone includes the following features:
- Access to most familiar functions of Microsoft Outlook on a wireless device, including inbox, contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, and shared/public folders;
- Real-time access to information, without having to wait for download or synchronization;
- Synchronization over the air (cradleless synch);
- Support for HTML-formatted emails, as well as email attachments on most smartphones and PDAs;
- Flexible and customizable email/event notifications;
- Server-based application that can be accessed through any data-enabled phone with an HTML or WAP browser;
- Support for any wireless carrier used by a company;
- Secure, encrypted communication through SSL (HTTPS);
- Virus checking; and
- SPAM filtering
“4SmartPhone is committed to delivering the highest-quality mobility solutions to small and medium size businesses,” said Patrick Gilbert, president and CEO, 4SmartPhone. “Until now, SMB professionals have either had to make a significant investment in complex systems like those implemented within large enterprises, or have had to do without the same kinds of productivity advantages that large companies are able to afford. Our goal is to deliver an easy, non-disruptive, world-class mobile office solution that doesn’t require a huge investment of budget or time, nor does it require the technology expertise of an IT department.”
4SmartPhone offers mobility solutions that enable small and medium-size businesses to maximize their productivity and enjoy enterprise-class mobility at an affordable price. With 4SmartPhone, companies can share corporate information reliably, across any device from a central platform, allowing them to more effectively capitalize on business opportunities regardless of worker location. 4SmartPhone, a division of PresenceIT, is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information visit www.4smartphone.net or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 602 218 5315.