If you own either an Asha 302 or an Asha 303, Nokia have got some pretty exciting news for you. You can now get Mail for Exchange (principle for push email, calendar and contact data synchronization between compatible Microsoft Exchange email servers and your phone) via Nokia’s OviStore for free. This is what Microsoft originally called Microsoft ActiveSync when they ran it exclusively on Windows Phones. This protocol-based app for business communication purposes is now available on Asha devices costing right under 10,000 KES in the Kenyan market. This is Nokia’s way of bringing business opportunity to entrepreneurs and businesses in high growth economies around the world.
“Nokia Asha phones blur the lines between feature phones and smart-phones, and Mail for Exchange on the Asha 302 and Asha 303 represents a significant step forward in connecting the next billion people to more critical information around them,” said Dieter May, Senior VP, Mobile Phones Services. “Businesses in high growth economies want to stay competitive by keeping their operating expenditures low, and increasing employee productivity. Mail for Exchange on Asha 302 and Asha 303 helps to reduce costs by eliminating the need for expensive middleware, speeds up processes and enables business users to respond quickly to customer needs or communicate on the go, giving businesses more opportunity to succeed in today’s fast-paced world.”
This mail and collaboration App supports Mail for Exchange on the Asha 302 & 303 on either Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 servers although they come automatically pre-installed as services in 2007 and 2010 while you would have to install the certificates in Exchange 2003.
Following the recent launch of Microsoft Office 365 by the local Microsoft office in Kenya, it has now become easier to function and boost productivity straight from your mobile phone. Some of the features that ActiveSync service, which is a MS legacy product, has include encryption on email storage to boost secure connections, a supported variety of Exchange ActiveSync security policies like HTML messages, ‘follow-up’ tags, alphanumeric passwords, remote or local wipe after maximum password attempts to curb information leaks as some of the strong points. You can understand it more by reading TechNet.
The Asha 302 & 303 both have pretty QWERTY keyboard, fast processors that clock 1Ghz, and the new compression enabled browser.