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What's Push E-Mail?

Push e-mail is coming to a mobile device near you.

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This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Everybody's doing it: messaging on their phones and PDAs. Push e-mail, which automatically synchronizes your messages with your wireless handheld as soon as they land on your mail server, is taking off like IM. The heavy lifting is done by a server that syncs your office and away inboxes so you don't have to do it manually, or continuously check for new messages. It's a small service that was quite difficult and expensive to execute when Research in Motion introduced it on its BlackBerry devices several years ago.

Now, push e-mail is getting cheaper and reaching a wider audience via BlackBerry web services. And solutions like Good Technology's Good Mobile Messaging and Visto bring push e-mail to smartphones and devices other than the BlackBerry. Seven Networks also has several affordable push solutions for internet-based e-mail.

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