If you are constantly on the go and
would like to receive and send e-mail via your mobile phone in a
relatively easy way, you may like to check out a new software
application called Handimail.
The brainchild of homegrown Multimedia
Super Corridor status company called Handisplay(M) Sd. Bhd. (
www.Handisplay.com.my) , the innovative app allows user to receive
messages that arrive at their remote e-mail inbox by forwarding them
to their mobile phone via SMS (short message service).
If an e-mail is longer than 160
characters, Handimail will truncate the e-mail and “break it
up” into a maximum of five separate SMSes that will then be
sent in succession to the users cellphone.
This way, a user can retrieve about 800
characters of his e-mail and get partial snapshot of what these
Users also have an option to reply to
the e-mail or to to send new messages to other recipients by just
typing on the SMS “write” screen and sending them to a
five-digit SM short code.
What's more is the service works with
any of the three local cellualar operators – Maxis, Digi or
Celcom – regardless of which network a user subscribes to.
Handisplay also claims that the service
works while a subscriber is in a foreign country, thanks to the
wonder on international roaming.
According to the CEO Hassan Alam,
Handimail was designed with three clear goals in mind.
“ The first is to be able to get
your e-mail whereever you are and in a non-complicated way using the
most ubiquitous device to date – the mobile phones.” he
The second is to support the widest
variety of e-mail protocols possible – this includes POP3/SMTP
as well as popular e-mail services such as Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail.
“Lastly it must be something
everybody will find easy and economical to use – and SMS meets
this criteria.” he told reporters in Cyberjaya recently.
Hassan said that Handisplay is
currently targeting personal and business users who hca POS3/SMTP
mailboxes, as well as Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail users.
Those who have e-mail accounts that
require VPN ( Virtual Private Network) tunneling cannot use Hnadimail
“ We're working on VPN
connections by early next year,” said Hassan.
To safeguard users from spam, Handimail
allows them to set filters according to domain name or to a
subscriber's address book entries.
“ We strongly encourage users to
use our built-in e-mail filter to ensure that junk e-mail will not be
forwarded to their mobiles.” Hassan Said.
He said Handimail is currently under
beta testing and is free until Oct 1, after which each forwarded
e-mail message a user receives will be charged 30 sen.
Users interested in trying it out now
need to sign up at (www.handimail.com.my)
and follow the instructions there to enable the service.
For more on the Handimail application,
e-mail Handisplay at email@example.com
or call (03) 8318-6750 . - EDWIN YAPP