Mobile Applications mobile manufacturers forgot to include
Having GPRS capable and enabled phone in pocket is nice but of not much use if you canít do anything with it. Most GPRS phones in market donít have an HTML browser hence you are limited to only WAP site and not HTML sites. Many news and service portals have PDA versions of their site which is perfect for mobile phones but you canít see them. If you have been a Nokia user you will realize that excepting couple of models, all other lack proper email client supporting SMTP and POP3 and hence you are limited only to WAP access on them. Even those phone which offer e-mail client , like Siemens S55 and M55, they are crippled email client lacking very common sense features like downloading only headers and then downloading only those emails which user requests.
Reqwireless.com, a tiny 6 person startup in Waterloo, Canada is changing all this with very innovative J2ME software products named WebViewer and EmailViewer. These products overcomes all limitations of MIDP 1.0 and ends up giving user very fast, and very cost effective solutions for surfing web and checking any SMTP/IMAP/hotmail email account. †I find this email client better then all email clients I have tested on different mobile phones in market.
Hence if you receive word or pdf file of 200k, you will get only† 8 or 10k of html version of it and wonít be waiting for 200k download. If your gprs usage is by volume then you are going to save tons of money.This software also allows you to delete any mails from your mail server so you can delete all spam mails before it fills up your mail box. If there are any web links in email, you can click on it and go to that website and any other websites linked from there. Except going to new website you can keep surfing on linked website just as if you would do on web browser. It handles all attachments like zip, pdf, word, gif, jpeg, png, tiff, and bmp files. It supports SMTP authentication and also allows you to use their own smtp gateway if your ISP wonít allow you to connect from outside their dialup or cable network.
EmailViewer has spam filtering feature which will hide all spam mails from you, its best not to use this feature as its far from perfect. I couldnít read mails from my friend at Siemens as they were all treated as spam by this application.
You can hunt down URLs for those site on google or visit http://www.vipulshah.com/liteurl.htm for small collection of news and info sites for PDA.
It allows you to do settings like cookies, cache, history, adding bookmarks. Advantage of this over WAP browser in phone is that you get to see more colorful webpages and faster access since lot of your phones work is done by middleware servers.† Also large number of info and news sites donít have WAP version of their site but do have PDA version of their site in html.
Only disadvantage is it canít use up/down scroll button found on left side of many phones like WAP browser can do. This shortcoming stems from lack of standard among mobile phone manufacturers about this buttons and unless applications are written for specific phones it canít use them.
EmailViewer and WebViewer costs US$19.99/- each but together they cost US$34.99/-.