OnePennyMail is a bare bones mobile Java email client that doesn't have to cost you a penny. It reads mail from POP and IMAP mail accounts, which includes GMail, GMX, and other popular free email services.
In addition, you get a firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox which notifies your phone when you get new mail in the form of a missed call. If you put the OnePennyMail phone number in your contacts list and call it something like "you've got mail," OnePennyMail will work like push email without having to sign up for push email.
OnePennyMail is a great idea with lots of potential, but it has a couple of annoying "features" that may or may not be fixed in future versions:
- OnePennyMail won't let you organise your mail in folders.
- It won't let you choose between keeping your mail on the server or deleting it.
- OnePennyMail adds an advertisement for itself to your outgoing mails.
- Scrolling up and down an email takes two button presses per line on my Nokia phones. OnePennyMail won't scroll continuously by keeping the navigation button pressed, and there are no shortcuts for "page up" and "page down." Reading a long mail becomes very unpleasant this way.
OnePennyMail won't charge you a penny. Its name comes from a gross overestimate of the cost of data traffic of an email. If you use Wi-Fi or if you have an unlimited data plan with your mobile operator, OnePennyMail is 100% free.
• OnePennyMail official site (on the fly install)
• OnePennyMail mirrored on Mobile Castle (downloadable installer)
Nokia Messaging is the new name of the old Nokia Email Beta test program and the push email service that comes with it.
The name suggests that Nokia Messaging is not just an email client, but an instant messenger as well. However, it's not. Maybe Nokia's messenger application will be integrated into Nokia Messaging, but Nokia is rather vague on that.
Nokia is vague on pricing too. Nokia Messaging is free for now, but according to Nokia Beta Labs, you are "free to continue using the service until it’s commercially available in your location." Of course you can always switch to programs like OnePennyMail if Nokia Mesaging stops being free.
Compared to Nokia Email, Nokia Messaging has fewer bugs, opens your inbox a bit faster, supports subfolders of IMAP accounts, works with up to ten different email addresses, works on more phone models, and synchronises your sent mail with the sent email folder of your webmail account (but not with your POP3 account).
Nokia Messaging still doesn't support HTML email. And you have to go into the settings menu every time you want to change your access point. But the main reason to stay away from the current version of Nokia Messaging: it won't work on Wi-Fi. So if you don't want to pay a fortune on data charges, only use Nokia Messaging on an unlimited data plan, and forget about Nokia Messaging when roaming.
• Nokia Messaging
Thursday, 18 December 2008