MWC: Telstra to launch email service for Windows phones

 

Telstra will launch an all-you-can-eat mobile e-mail service based on the Microsoft Exchange platform in May, timed with the release of a new Telstra-branded skin for Windows phones.

Telstra’s mobile e-mail service for Windows phones will be similar to Blackberry’s Enterprise Server (BES) or Individual Solution (BIS) – an all-you-can-eat package of mobile e-mail, calendaring and contacts for a fixed monthly cost.

The services will be available on a selection of phones using the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system.

Telstra is yet to release pricing, but Ross Fielding, executive director of Telstra’s mobility products said the service will be “competitive” with existing mobile e-mail solutions.

Blackberry Individual Solution, if any guide, offers unlimited e-mail for $29.95 per month.

New UI
The release of a Windows-based mobile e-mail service will be timed with the launch of a new Telstra-branded graphic user interface (GUI) for Windows-based phones.

The new graphic user interface, developed over three months by Victorian developer Pointui, is aimed at ease-of-use.

“Microsoft-based devices haven’t always been the most usable devices,” Fielding said. “We have been talking to Microsoft about what we can do to create a User Interface that delivers what customers want.”

Like Apple’s iPhone, Telstra’s skin promotes relevant user information – such as today’s calendar appointments, weather or messages – to the home page. Telstra hopes this style of navigation will increase data use among its customers.

The new skin also places emphasis on accessing Telstra services.

With a single click to a Telstra icon, for example, users are given a tiled view of Telstra services such as Sensis Search and BigPond content.

But users will still be able to turn the skin off or customise the experience.

“We want to leverage what assets we have without restricting what users do,” Fielding said.

The user interface will first ship with two Windows Mobile 6.1 devices – on the Motorola A3100 in mid-April (on a $60 per month plan) and on the high-end Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 in early May (on a $150 per month plan).

The graphic user interface is in many ways a step ahead of Microsoft’s next generation operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, which features a user interface very similar to what Telstra has already developed for 6.1 phones.

Fielding says the imminent release of Windows Mobile 6.5 will not replace the hard work Telstra has done building its own interface.

“Far from wasting time, we’ve found it a terrific exercise,” he said. “We’re wrapped with what Microsoft is doing with 6.5 - we kind of helped Microsoft head in this direction. The integration we’ve done is feeding into 6.5.”

In demonstrating the new skin, Telstra accidentally also let slip on another product under development – an App Store.

Fielding said Telstra has “learned a lot from Apple” as to how users wish to gain access to applications.

“To some degree we already have a Telstra App store, we’re just now taking the opportunity to bring those apps up to the front and make them easier to get to,” he said. “Whether we call it a Telstra App Store or whatever, watch this space. There is a little bit of work to around applications.”

“I’ll say no, we’re not launching a Telstra App Store, for now. Then if it comes out, you can be surprised.”

Brett Winterford reports live and exclusively from Mobile World Congress for iTnews.


MWC: Telstra to launch email service for Windows phones
 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Another phone with Telstra's Blue Tick: The Samsung Galaxy S5
Apr 8, 2014
Samsung's latest flagship phone joins Telstra's list of recommended handsets for customers in ...
Run an online shop? This might be worth bookmarking
Mar 28, 2014
Things like Australian safety standards are probably the last thing on your mind, but just ...
Vodafone switches on 4G in Tasmania: list of locations
Mar 28, 2014
See a list of locations in Tasmania that now have access to 4G via Vodafone's network.
Samsung Galaxy S5 on sale from Telstra next month for $912
Mar 27, 2014
It's not cheap, but if you are looking to upgrade your phone then the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be ...
What Australian workplaces actually rely on tablet computers?
Mar 14, 2014
If you're curious about where tablets are being used at work, here are three examples.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  21%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1464

Vote