Having seen the demo at 3GSM, it's nice to see Vodafone pick up Visto's Push Email Client. Devices such as the RIM Blackberry have made themselves popular through their always connected push email system. Visto's solution integrates very nicely into Symbian OS. We interviewed Visto recently
, so you can find more about them there.
Full Press Release
Vodafone Selects Visto for Global Push Email Contract
Vodafone Launches its Push Email Offering to its Mobile Community Using Visto Mobile™ with ConstantSync™ Technology
( Redwood Shores , CALIF. , April 21, 2005) – Visto Corporation, a leading global provider of secure push mobile email, has won the global contract to provide its Visto Mobile™ 5 with ConstantSync™ push email platform to Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile community. With Visto Mobile, Vodafone is able to deliver a push email, contacts and calendar wireless service offering on a range of industry-leading mobile devices, thus addressing the business needs of Vodafone’s customer base across all segments around the world.
Vodafone’s push email service addresses the professional needs of enterprises and individuals alike, enhancing productivity and providing the same real-time experience as if the user were accessing email directly from a laptop or PC. By making its Visto-powered push email solution widely available, Vodafone is enabling its mobile community –from individual users and small/medium size enterprises to mobile professionals in a large organization - to experience first hand the tremendous value and utility created by having instantaneous access to mobile email.
"Vodafone intends to offer the best and easiest to use mobile email services for our business customers," said Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone. "Vodafone push email means more customers can now mobilise their businesses and benefit from greater business productivity and responsiveness whilst on the move. Customers can choose the mobile email solution that complements their IT system, whilst enabling mobile email users and Company IT Managers to select the device that meets their needs."
Announcing the contract, Visto’s Chairman, President and CEO Brian Bogosian said: "This Vodafone win firmly establishes our global leadership as the number one provider of push email technology based on an open approach to both devices and data sources. We will actively support Vodafone in this endeavour and will continue to partner with all of our operator customers in Europe, North America , and Asia Pacific, to rapidly grow the market by bringing freedom of choice for mobile email to every user in every part of the world."
The Vodafone offering is powered by Visto Mobile with ConstantSync technology. With ConstantSync , users have instantaneous , two-way access to email, calendar and contacts for the best user experience. Visto Mobile is easy to setup and use and provides IT managers with end-to-end AES encryption and an optimized network architecture that requires only 20 percent of the bandwidth of SyncML or IMAP-based solutions . Visto Mobile works on the broadest set of devices across all operating systems including Symbian, Palm, Microsoft Windows Mobile, J2ME MIDP 2.0, IMAP4 and SyncML . The push email service is currently available from Vodafone Germany , Vodafone Greece , Vodafone Italy , SFR (France) and Elisa ( Finland ). Vodafone Spain is launching the service today with additional Vodafone markets launching push email over the course of this year .
"Today, email is the most pervasive mobile application," said Stephen Drake, Program Director, Mobile Software with IDC. "Mobile professionals and individual consumers alike have begun to realize significant productivity gains that can be achieved with mobile email. As a result, mobile operators have a unique opportunity to deliver email to a broader customer base and provide both voice and data offerings as part of one service on one device."