Update: Please note that the article has been written in 2008, and that the rise of smartphones happened afterwards. Nowadays, you can control as many email accounts as you want on your smartphone.
Receiving and sending emails is becoming increasingly popular on mobile phones. Mobile phones provide an easily accessible way of checking for, reading and sending emails while on the road while other devices that could do the same, laptops for instance, are far more difficult to use unless you happen to sit in a coffee shop with Internet access.
Even netbooks do not provide the same comfort that mobile phones can offer. They do however make up for it by offering a full keyboard which is convenient when writing emails.
Many mobile phones provide access to only one email account. That's problematic if a user has accesse to more than one account. It is possible to configure the email accounts to forward all mail to one account which would be the main account on the mobile phone.
An alternative to that is the free mobile email service Momail which provides access to an account that has been specifically designed to work with mobile phones. It basically works by forwarding the mail to the Momail account which would be the primary account on the mobile phone. One advantage of this method is that Momail reduces the size of emails that are send to the mobile phone. A large image attachment would be automatically resized to lower the bandwidth needed to transfer the email.
Another interesting feature is called Push Mails. Mobile Phones that support this feature will automatically notify the user of new incoming mails. Users without such phones have to initiate the check for new mails manually.
Setup is more or less automatic. The user enters his mobile phone number during registration among other things like the mobile phone manufacturer and model. Momail will send a verification email and later on data that will automatically configure the mobile phone for the mobile email service. It usually does not take more than a few minutes to setup the service completely. Some mobile phones require additional configuration which will be mentioned after registration.
Update: Momail does not seem to be available anymore. When you open the service's website you only get a 404 not found errors. Most mail providers and smartphones nowadays support mobile phones so that this should not be that much of an issue.
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