Last friday we gave you the skinny from tech site The Inquirer about a new “BlackBerry-Killer” device that’s set to be announced in North America. Apparently the device was supposed to be remarkably similar to IXI’s data-only clamshell handset, the Ogo.
Well, it turns out that the device in question is the Ogo, which is available through Cingular. The kicker now is that the Ogo will be bundled with Synchronicia’s software client, which provides “push” email.
Synchronica is quick to point out that the device and service is essentially lawsuit proof from patent trolls like NTP and Visto:
“As the SyncML Gateway is based entirely on the open industry standards: – SyncML (OMA DS); and Push IMAP, Synchronica believes that this holds it safe from issues related to software patents.”
However, while push email is enticing for those who aren’t willing to shell out for a BlackBerry, will people really be interested carrying around two devices (the Ogo has no phone support, remember) when most smartphones already offer somewhat comparable “pull” email service? BlackBerry Cool says no.