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Blue Whale Systems is providing a push email client for a variety of phone handsets, and plans to pay for it by putting a banner at the top of the screen. Last year Chiswick-based Blue Whale started developing Java and native (Symbian) clients for its service, and these are now available to download. The premise is pushed email …

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Power concerns

"as data traffic has become cheaper the desktop method of regularly polling the server makes more sense."

Not if you consider battery life important.

I have a Blackberry and an E65. When the E65 is set to poll regularly, it drains it's battery in less than a day, and suffers much greater lag in message "delivery". The Blackberry will go days without a recharge.

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Emoze

What's wrong with www.emoze.com?

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Black Helicopters

"Free" Hah!

I love this part from their privacy policy: "In order for us to deliver BlueWhaleMail™, the BlueWhaleMail™ software allocates a unique serial number to the specific software installation on the phone. It is not possible for us to provide BlueWhaleMail™ without allocating this unique serial number to your phone."

And, "It will not be possible for us to provide you with BlueWhaleMail™ if you do not respond to our questionnaires."

I'll stick with manually checking for personal email, thanks.

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Err...... Emoze?

POP/Exchange/Gmail/GAFYD integrated push email over data link.*

Yawn. Late to the party I'm afraid.

* still not usable though, even with flat rate data. It's battery life which is the problem now, juice goes very quickly with an always open/frequently in use data link.

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Desktops shouldn't be polling

> Desktop email clients connect to their servers every few minutes

> and check if there are new messages to download.

No, not if they're using IMAP (unless the software is brain-dead - which of course it might be).

IMAP keeps one (or more) TCP connections open to the server continuously, and the server sends a message to the client over this connection when there are new messages to see.

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@ Phil Endecott

Yes, because it's so much more efficient to have every client connected simultaneously than to poll once every ten minutes.

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Err... Seven?

This push email service works fine on my E90 and it's (currently) free.

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IMAP rules

I use IMAP with the email client build into my Sony Ericsson K810i. It indeed keeps a connection open, but this doesn't cost anything, both in power and data traffic. You will get an immediate notification that you have a new mail and you can choose to download the whole message or just ignore it.

I don't see the point of download a Java client to do this except when you really love banners.

(Paris, because she is not on this page yet)

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