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Summary:

Given our collective obsession with all things Apple, many of us have overlooked a tiny news announcement by Yahoo and Research In Motion, that could have long term ramifications for maker of super-addictive Blackberry device. BlackBerry users will be able to experience real-time delivery of e-mail […]

Given our collective obsession with all things Apple, many of us have overlooked a tiny news announcement by Yahoo and Research In Motion, that could have long term ramifications for maker of super-addictive Blackberry device.

BlackBerry users will be able to experience real-time delivery of e-mail messages sent to their Yahoo! Mail accounts and enhanced wireless synchronization of sent and deleted items as well as read/unread message status, providing users with more flexibility to manage their email accounts while on the go. Future development plans will also allow Yahoo! users to wirelessly import, modify and synchronize their Yahoo! Address Book and Yahoo! Calendar entries using their BlackBerry devices.

Even though not all service providers are supporting this service, and not all features are available as yet, Yahoo’s planned feature set is enough to trump the GoogleBerry offerings.

On the flip side, this move is an important, and a critical move for RIM. Why? Because it takes Blackberry mainstream. So far only the users of email systems based on Microsoft Exchange & Lotus Notes/Domino have been able to sign-on for the Blackberry service. This is expensive proposition, costing between $10-t0-$30 a month, depending on your needs. (I use hosted solution from TheMessegeCenter and it sets me back about $20 a month including BES. And the support is pretty darn good.)

Yahoo can help save some of those dollars. For carriers, this could mean more folks signing up for their $50 a month crackberry service. Something tells me that RIM is going to integrate more of these popular mail-offerings. I would love to see dot.mac integration, but that’s wishful thinking on my part!

Update: While you can check your wireless email from many different POP3/IMAP services using the Blackberry Internet Service, the wireless syncing of email/calendar etc still is only possible with ME/LN and lately Novell Groupwise.

  1. BlackBerryAnonymous Wednesday, April 5, 2006

    I’ve been wanting this for GMail! Maybe when CL2 is released?

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  2. not sure when that happens but this is pretty sweet for all those who are yahoo users. i just hope yahoo doesn’t sit on their rear end and let this opportunity slip.

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  3. Om,

    Don’t forget that you don’t need Exchange or Lotus if you just want email– Blackberry Web Client can grab pop3 or IMAP mail. It’s not instant (it “polls” about once every 15 minutes), and you don’t get address book- but it’s something!

    This sounds great, however, for Yahoo users.

    -Matt

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  4. Will there be ads along with the yahoo mail?

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  5. Shane Mitchell Thursday, April 6, 2006

    Hi Om,

    There’s an increasing trend for mobile IM clients. In the UK, there is an Israeli company, ‘followap.com’, that is working with Vodafone and other EU operators to launch IM & Presence over mobile phones. Ubiquity makes a further step to reality. Just need VoIP to go mainstream over mobile to take it to the next stage,

    -Shane

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  6. Forget the BB, Om. I just saw that company named emoze has push e-mail for Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail POP services. I’ll be testing later today as the software and service is free.

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  7. Some creative thinking can take you far…I check Gmail on my T-Mobile Sidekick II using POP. My Lotus Notes email from work is copied to my Gmail as soon as it hits the server. I’m reading email twice, but I filter it out of view in Gmail and have it on my mobile device as soon as it comes in.

    The only drawback is that the Sidekick II doesn’t check the POP server that often. It’s easy enough to flip it open and hit Ctrl U to check for the latest, though.

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  8. Yet another partnership between two closed systems. Why doesn’t RIM just enable push IMAP on the BlackBerry and let the service providers fall in line?

    People seem to be learning that composable (er, “mashable”) services that use standard protocols are good in Web 2.0; why don’t they learn the same lesson for email and IM? Maybe we need some pundits to lead an “email 2.0″ charge.

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  9. As the race between the the GYM gang heats up, it’s understandable for them to partner with an established yet neutral brand. Except for Microsoft anyway, since they want a large piece of the mobile email pie as well. For the longest period of time I’ve been wanting an official MSN Messenger client for BlackBerry, but RIM people told me, even though they can (and probably have, if I read between the lines right) technically produce a MSN client, Micorsoft refused to let the cat out of the bag.

    Om: With the RIM’s official blessings of PocketMac, maybe dot.mac integration isn’t too far behind! (Wishful thinking!)

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  10. thanks for the tip Om.

    But I think that this strategic tieup is more aligned for IM and other services–silimar to the Gtalk which RIM have launched.

    Secondly RIM ; “BlackBerry Mobile Data System v4.1, includes XML Web Services among its methods for integrating mobile applications with back-end servers, and supports the Microsoft .Net and Java 2 Enterprise Edition environments.

    BlackBerry MDS v4.1 will be provided to some customers for beta testing this month, with general availability coming later this year. ” – ( circa last year)

    so the RIM device will eventually support and XML and Ajax type services. I wrote earlier here

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