WOULD you like to check e-mail from the
mobile phone? The good news is that you don't need wireless
application protocol (WAP) and reading an e-mail will cost 30 sen.
This convenient and economica e-mail
access is provided by Handisplay (M) Sdn. Bhd. Called Handimail, the
service allows users to receive e-mail through short message service
Chief Executive Officer Hassan Alan
said Handimail could redirect e-mail from the user's personal or
corporate account to the handphone as an SMS. Handimail he added , is
able to support Yahoo!, Hotmail and any corporate accounts.
“ This is the unque part of
Handimail. It notifies the users of the incoming e-mail. The system
will not alter its contents and the original mails is still readable
in the e-mail Inbox once they open it using a PC (personal
With such capability, Handimail is
available anytime, anywhere even if the person is abroad.
“ As long as the phone can be
accessed either locally or through roaming., users can still get
their e-mail notofication without delay,” Hassan said, adding
that each registered user is allowed to give only one handphone
numberfor accessing the e-mail.
At the moment, users will get e-mail in
text form. This was decided by Handisplay because the price for
receiving pictures or multimedia messages is high and most people
cannot afford it.
“ It will be a long time before
we start delivering multimedia e-mail content because our research
showed that most people are still happy with text e-mail.”
E-mail notification is free but users
will be charged once they open the e-mail. Users can also reply to
their e-mail, but the charges will depend on the telecommunications
companies they are connected to, Hassan said. “ For postpaid
users, they will see the charge in their bills while for pre-paid
users, their airtime will be deducted,” he explained.
The company also provides spam
protection in the e-mail. There are several levels of spam filtering
which users hanve to list out the e-mail addresses that they allow,
the black list or e-mail addresses that they want to block , and
spam. “ We don;t interfere with the e-mail and users' privacy
is guranteed,” Hassan said.
Handisplay expects the system to
attract mobile professionals.
The company plans to introduce the
system worldwide in stages. Malaysia will be the first market,
followed by Asean countries.
Currently, the system is undergoing
testing for two months. Those interested can try the service for free
until Oct 1. Register at the site www.handisplay.com.my.
“ What we want to do now is to
create volume. We try to push the SMS price to below 30 sen to create
more interest. In the meantime, we launch a marketing campaign to
create awareness,” Hassan said.
The company is targetting 10,000
registered users from now until July next year, and another 100,000
users in the second year. A new improved version of Handimail is
planned for next year.