Nokia business email – a step forward?

Whilst Symbian is the most popular smartphone operating system by sheer number of devices, it is arguably the one least used by business.

That’s not to say many SMEs and large companies don’t have the N and E series handsets, just that few use them for anything other than voice with a bit of music and photography thrown in.

But the mobile email environment is changing rapidly. Data is being bundled by the networks, Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync push email removes third party server support, and the user has a plethora of choice of handsets from Apple’s iPhone, through HTC’s Touch favourite of the month, and now all those Nokia’s N95’s can securely receive company email.

In the credit crunch, a saving of a tenner a month per user is significant, especially for hundreds or thousands of devices. Though will Nokia’s elimination of BlackBerry Connect help it?

Perhaps not. Existing BlackBerry users may not want to change (if they have a choice) especially with more attractive BlackBerry devices, the Bold & Storm, hitting the market.

Nokia’s desire to compete in the area of business applications is hindered by not only a lack of development of its own software; application developers concentrate on software platforms they know will be used in companies, and their from BlackBerry and Microsoft.