News by Michael Oryl on Monday April 14, 2008.
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Today Verizon Wireless announced a new unlimited E-mail and Web plan for smartphones that costs US$30/month. The new plan allows for near realtime push updates for email accounts hosted by many of the major online services, including AOL, Yahoo!, and Windows Live, as well as non-realtime push support for Verizon's own email and individual POP and IMAP accounts. The new plan is currently only available on 3 Windows Mobile powered smartphones: Verizon Wireless SMT5800, Verizon Wireless XV6800, and the Motorola MOTO Q9m. Support for more devices is said to be planned.
On a related note, Verizon Wireless is also now offering a hosted Exchange mail service that gives users of Exchange Activesync capable smartphones the ability to get push updates of email, as well as contacts, appointments, and tasks, for $14.99 per month. This $14.99 premium service also includes a license for Microsoft Outlook. A cheaper, $7.99 version of the service only provides IMAP or POP email access and web access to the user's email and PIM data, and will neither support push nor work with a desktop computer's copy of Outlook. More information is available at the VZEmail website.