'

Sony Ericsson pushes e-mail on Seven

Phone maker's latest 3G handsets will utilize Seven's push-based e-mail.

Owners of Sony Ericsson's latest 3G smartphones can now tap on Seven's push e-mail to access both their corporate and personal inboxes.

The US-based mobile e-mail provider announced Tuesday in a press statement that its Always-On Mail application is now preloaded into two of Sony Ericsson's flagship models, the M600 and P990.

Seven said its software, which rivals Research In Motion's (RIM) popular Blackberry, will allow users to send and receive e-mail on the Symbian-powered handsets. Users will also be able to read, edit, re-send e-mail attachments, and maintain always-on access to their calendar and contacts when on the move.

The software, according to Seven, can be deployed to work in either enterprise or consumer platforms.

Enterprise e-mail applications that currently work with Always-On Mail include Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange. The software also provides real-time, push-based access to most popular Web-based e-mail services such as Gmail, MSN Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Responding to an e-mail query from ZDNet Asia, a Seven spokesperson revealed that the company's push e-mail program is not limited to Symbian phones, adding that Always-On Mail is compatible with a variety of handset models, including those that operate on the competing Windows Mobile and Palm platforms.

According to Siddharth Mahajan, vice president and general manager of Seven Asia-Pacific, the company's Always-On Mail service currently ships on over 200 mobile phone models.

Farihan Bahrin is a freelance IT writer based in Singapore.