Sprint has joined the mobile business email foray as it too offers GoodLink, an email service made possible through Good Technology and Seven Networks. The arrangement is similar to the one Good Technology recently ironed out with Cingular Wireless. In both deals, the separate monthly fee for GoodLink is eliminated. Subscribers only need to pay the wireless carrier’s monthly $40 or $45 fee per mobile phone for unlimited wireless data usage. A one-time account fee of $1,500 and a one-time set up fee of $99 for each individual user is required initialize mobile email service which will be marketed as Sprint PCS Business Connection.
Good Technology seems to indeed be positioning itself as the ‘partner of choice’ if one wants to take a piece of the mobile business email pie. For one, it is adapting its software, which is already working with MS Exchange, to also function with other corporate email systems based on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.
Good Technology is also increasing the number of gadgets it supports. Earlier, GoodLink was only available in Pocket PCs and PalmOne’s Treo. It then added Windows Mobile-based mobile phones SMT5600 (AudioVox) and MPx220 (Motorola) to its lineup. This Sprint deal is also a step towards expansion because it extends the availability of its Java-based service to three mobile phones by Sanyo – the MM-5600, the MM-7400 and MM-8300.