As I’ve now mentioned many times I am switching to T-Mobile and actually have a phone and data plan active with my previous number forwarding from Nextel until 11/24. They seems to be the most sophisticated in understanding a few things…
- Users want to be in control of a rich feature set and wide choice of devices.
- Plans should be flexible, competitively priced and offer add on options so you can enhance your service without having to jump to a significantly higher tier.
- Coverage should obviously be good.
I’ve been feeling good about this so far but today I am very pumped with a new discovery. Within your account settings on the site, you can create a web interface login for multiple email accounts. These same accounts can then be accessed through the WAP function T-Mobile calls T-Zones. You can create accounts for corporate mail – Exchange and Notes and actually connect to mail and calendar services without having to run a desktop client which is an amazing advantage. In most cases server software is required for this level of functionality and ends up involving your IT department with which most end users don’t have much leverage unless they are more senior in their organizations.
In my case I can now access my work Lotus Notes account through a more sophisticated web interface than was made available by IBM directly. The iNotes interface on Windows is comparable but on Mac, it is a wretched experience. Not anymore…
T-Mobile takes it another step. Accounts set up through the web client can be queried and utilized as though they were regular POP accounts, something you can’t do usually with Lotus Notes. Now I can – which means I can use any device connected to the T-Mobile network to check my work email. On my phone (Sony Ericsson T-610) I can also set up POP or IMAP accounts – 2+ the one built in for the phone by default. This is faster and richer than the WAP experience and actually takes advantage of the network connectivity by allowing scheduled checking of messages for each account.
Even better – I now know that I can use a Treo 600 connected through T-Mobile and SnapperMail to stay connected to my email in the very near future. I can’t wait!