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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "push email"?

Push email is a method of having email received for a user on a server automatically forwarded to a mobile device. This works by keeping an active connection open between the mobile device and the server so that the server can notify the mobile device immediately when new email has arrived. In a typical non-push (pull) scenario, the mobile device would poll the server at some user specified time interval (such as every hour) and ask the server if any new email has arrived. If new email arrives even a second after the server is polled, it will sit there waiting until the next time that the mobile device checks for mail. Push technology is also often used for non-email data such as contacts and calendar appointments, as well. Popular push systems include Direct Push from Microsoft and BlackBerry Connect from RIM.

Also known as: "push"

See Also: Microsoft, RIM, Direct Push

Referred to by: Direct Push

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