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 doesnâ€™t require any server software which is actually a bad thing. This doesnâ€™t allow enterprises any control over their wireless deployment.
- True push email technology.
- Service is provided directly from carrier.
- Works on numerous handsets.
- No enterprise control.
- Still pretty unknown and untested.
- Carriers seem to be marketing more their Blackberrys than their own push email.
Microsoft has already released their beta of Exchange SP2 which promises â€˜freeâ€™ 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 wonâ€™t need to buy additional expensive BES licenses. However the technology is not really out yet so we canâ€™t comment on the performance.
- â€˜freeâ€™ push email for enterprises already using Exchange.
- Windows Mobile OS supported by many hardware manufacturers.
- Not for individuals.