A Look At Blackberry Alternatives

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Visto

Visto is taken a white-label approach to its technology, licensing it to carriers so they can provide their own technology. Some big carriers have already signed up including Cingular, Nextel, and Rogers. The service has some of the same features as the Blackberry technology, including push email and the ability to sync contacts and calendar. Being that the service is provided directly from the carrier, it doesn’t require any server software which is actually a bad thing. This doesn’t allow enterprises any control over their wireless deployment.

Pros:
- True push email technology.
- Service is provided directly from carrier.
- Works on numerous handsets.

Cons:
- No enterprise control.
- Still pretty unknown and untested.
- Carriers seem to be marketing more their Blackberrys than their own push email.

Microsoft

Microsoft has already released their beta of Exchange SP2 which promises ‘free’ push email to everyone with a Windows Mobile device connected to an Exchange server. This technology could be the one that hurts RIM the most because corporations won’t need to buy additional expensive BES licenses. However the technology is not really out yet so we can’t comment on the performance.

Pros:
- ‘free’ push email for enterprises already using Exchange.
- Windows Mobile OS supported by many hardware manufacturers.

Cons:
- Not for individuals.
- Unproven.

  • GG

    Once again, your account of Good is off a bit. Good currently has resell agreements in place with Sprint and Cingular with, it is my understanding, Verizon in the works. They also claim GoodLink running on over 100 carriers around the world. Also, I would be interested in hearing where you are getting your information about contstant crashes with Good. The fact you can’t walk into stores and buyit is very easily explained: Good is focused on the enteprise space, not the consumer space.

  • GG

    Once again, your account of Good is off a bit. Good currently has resell agreements in place with Sprint and Cingular with, it is my understanding, Verizon in the works. They also claim GoodLink running on over 100 carriers around the world. Also, I would be interested in hearing where you are getting your information about contstant crashes with Good. The fact you can’t walk into stores and buyit is very easily explained: Good is focused on the enteprise space, not the consumer space.

  • GMG

    GOOD crashes the Samsung i730, especially if you have alot of software added to it.
    It’s too resource hungry to be considered for Enterprise usage. We looked at it for use at our DOD facility, it’s just not ready yet…

  • GMG

    GOOD crashes the Samsung i730, especially if you have alot of software added to it.
    It’s too resource hungry to be considered for Enterprise usage. We looked at it for use at our DOD facility, it’s just not ready yet…

  • GG

    i730 has issues with and without GoodLink. Partly device driven, partly OS driven. GoodLink enhances these already present issues. Have you run BB on the i730? Oh, that’s right….

  • GG

    i730 has issues with and without GoodLink. Partly device driven, partly OS driven. GoodLink enhances these already present issues. Have you run BB on the i730? Oh, that’s right….

  • Francois Holl

    GoodLink has users on 154 networks around the world today. In fact, thanks to Global Connect, GoodLink runs on any CDMA or GPRS carrier in the world. Contrary to RIM, Good does not need to have a technical partnership with a carrier for a user to sync data on.

  • Francois Holl

    GoodLink has users on 154 networks around the world today. In fact, thanks to Global Connect, GoodLink runs on any CDMA or GPRS carrier in the world. Contrary to RIM, Good does not need to have a technical partnership with a carrier for a user to sync data on.