emoze is a free service that for some time has offered consumers the ability to have BlackBerry-like push email functionality on their mobile device by using a redirector application on their PC.
Now, its developer has taken the PC middle man out of the equation and launched a free service that allows users of smartphones to receive push email, as well as sync calendars, tasks, and contacts, just as one would with an BES/Exchange server connection.
The process for using the central server is simple. When downloading emoze, users are given a choice of using their own PC as a connector or the central server. If the user chooses the central server, they will have to install the emoze mobile client and will then be prompted to provide details on their email account which are encrypted and stored locally on their own mobile device.
"By using the emoze web-access central server, our customers no longer need to turn on their PC to enjoy the benefits of free push email service,” said Benny Ballin, emoze’s chief executive officer. “This new option is suited for everyone – including corporate employees and laptop owners – giving the mass market the opportunity of living a Fortune 500 company lifestyle using a regular, supported mobile device."
Updated: This service currently only works with email accounts with Outlook Web Access (OWA). The emoze service that requires the PC to redirect massages supports many more email data sources, including Lotus Notes and Domino Servers, Microsoft Exchange, Outlook, and OWA (Outlook Web Access), POP3, Gmail, HotMail, and Yahoo!.
It runs on Symbian and Windows Mobile. There is no word yet on Palm OS or Linux support.
For more information or to download, visit the emoze web site.