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    I am currently a 4smartphone subscriber and my contract is up in less than a month. Before renewing, I'd like to see if there is an alternative to 4smartphone that will work for me. I have read the many posts talking about push e-mail, 4smartphone, mail2web and others, and I have spoken to tech support at a dozen or so Exchange hosting providers, but have not found an equivalent to 4smartphone.

    Here's some background and a list of what I need (and a couple of wouldn't it be nice's) - if anyone knows of a service that will provide these other 4smartphone, you will earn my eternal gratitude:

    Background:
    • I have a personal e-mail account with my cable company (optonline.net) which I want to retain as my primary e-mail address; I can forward incoming e-mails to another account, but I don't think I can change the mysterious MX record
    • I use Outlook on my home computer
    • I have a Treo 700w, with Verizon, unlimited data plan
    • My home computer is not left on 24x7 so the Verizon Wireless Sync desktop redirector is not an option
    • Currently, I forward incoming e-mails to 4smartphone, and a copy is forwarded to my Treo, usually as fast or faster than arrival to my desktop. I tried the option of migrating my .pst file to an .ost file that would allow two way sync of my e-mail between the Treo and my desktop, but cancelled because of an oddity with the way contacts were handled by 4smartphone (any user with an optonline.net e-mail address using 4smartphone could see my personal address book and I could see theirs - not sure if they ever changed that).


    Needs:
    • Ability to keep my optonline.net e-mail address
    • Ability to forward e-mails to my Treo without having to have my home PC up and running
    • Ability to do this via e-mail forwarding rather than changing the MX record
    • Ability to respond to e-mails from my Treo and have the sending address be my optonline.net e-mail address (not xyz@exchange-r-us.com)
    • It would be a huge bonus if I could do two way real-time (or close) sync between my Treo and my Outlook data file without having to share my address book with other optonline.net users


    Anyone know of a service that will meet my needs (with or without the two-way sync) or am I stuck with 4smartphone?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.
  2. #2  
    Check out sherweb.com. It gives you everything you're looking for. I used them for a while, and their service was very good. The only reason I cancelled was because I didn't need the full exchange host, just the push email.
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    Webville is very good. They will let you forward your existing email or set up your own domain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewBD View Post
    Needs:
    • Ability to keep my optonline.net e-mail address
    • Ability to forward e-mails to my Treo without having to have my home PC up and running
    • Ability to do this via e-mail forwarding rather than changing the MX record
    • Ability to respond to e-mails from my Treo and have the sending address be my optonline.net e-mail address (not xyz@exchange-r-us.com)

    I'm assuming since your are a 4smartphone customer, all of these needs are available in the professional version of 4smartphone, the one that costs $80 per year.

    Sorry that I'm not adding that much new info. 4smartphone has be great by me and I love em. Free Outlook 2007 and all of the options you needed are included.
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    Try exchange server product at www.1and1.com
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    If you can do without the outlook sync, Fastmail/flexmail is THE way to go. I tried smartphone and mail2web, and their email service is so behind fastmail.fm. I can send a email to gmail or my comcast account and I receive it in seconds (not minutes)...and the best part is... its $20/year
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    Quote Originally Posted by volwrath View Post
    If you can do without the outlook sync, Fastmail/flexmail is THE way to go. I tried smartphone and mail2web, and their email service is so behind fastmail.fm. I can send a email to gmail or my comcast account and I receive it in seconds (not minutes)...and the best part is... its $20/year
    Fastmail doesn't have Exchange push though, right?
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    Fastmail is IMAP Idle. It'll still push your emails, but not contacts or calendars.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaiguy View Post
    Fastmail doesn't have Exchange push though, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sga.usa View Post
    Try exchange server product at www.1and1.com
    Second that pick...

    Fastmail has too many issues... been following them for over two years now...
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