OneNet claims world-first Exchange on iPhone sync

The iPhone will be able to compete in the business environment, says OneNet founder

New Zealand on-demand computing company OneNet, in partnership with Digital Mobile, is claiming a world-first on Friday for synchronise an Apple iPhone 3G with Microsoft Exchange 2007.

The new iPhone was released at NZT 12:01am on Friday. A OneNet representative was number 14 in the queue, bought the new iPhone (which supports Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol) and the team had it synched and receiving email at 1.06am.

"We're pretty confident we were number one," says Roman Paljk. OneNet's relationship manager. "It didn't look as if the 13 people in front were interested in synching with Exchange. I don't think they knew what Exchange is."

Paljk says the synch worked perfectly first time.

"In many ways it was easier than synching from Windows Mobile," he says.

Within moments, OneNet pushed an email to the new iPhone. OneNet believes this was the world’s first email to be received by any iPhone 3G user.

OneNet provides Hosted Exchange 2007 as software-as-a-service to clients throughout the world. Its mobile phone business partner, Digital Mobile, provides OneNet’s very same service to its customers, under the brand name DigiExchange.

“There has been a very significant adoption of Apple PCs into corporate USA over the past year or so,” says OneNet’s founder and director Michael Snowden.

“The sex appeal of the iPhone will lead to a high adoption rate. The ability to have emails ‘pushed’ out to the recipient, as well as having calendar appointments, tasks and contacts synchronised in the same way as BlackBerry and Windows Mobile-enabled devices do, will make the iPhone very competitive in the business environment.”

Apple’s new iPhone 2.0 support for ActiveSync makes it attractive for enterprise users, he says..

This means that Microsoft Exchange 2007 and an iPhone with 2.0 software can synchronise all push email (email that is always on), contacts, and tasks, and offers high levels of security.

Snowden says a hosted email, or Exchange, service removes the need for businesses to build and maintain expensive and complex Exchange servers. They can also get access to an enterprise-level deployment of Exchange, which few businesses could justify on their own.

Businesses also have a predictable variable cost for every email user, which means they only pay for what they use. Now that the iPhone supports Exchange mail, he says, those benefits are available to any business wanting to use the iPhone for communications.

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