ChatterEmail+: Swift Treo e-mail

Palm's treo PDA/phones come with VersaMail software for standard POP and IMAP e-mail. For more-robust features and BlackBerry-like "push" service that delivers messages as soon as they arrive on a corporate server, you used to need costly server software or a less pricey--but sometimes flaky--desktop redirector. Now Treo 650 and 700p users have a new option: ChatterEmail+ 2.0.

The application needs no server software and costs a reasonable US$40 for use with IMAP accounts, or US$60 if you purchase the Exchange (2000 or later) plug-in, which costs US$25 if bought separately later. ChatterEmail+ supports POP, but without push service.

I tried a shipping copy of version 2.0 (and a preproduction version of the Exchange add-on) on my Cingular Treo 650 and on a Sprint Treo 700p. When I pointed their browsers to get.chatteremail.com, the software installed itself within a minute or so (within only seconds on the 700p).

Entering settings for my personal IMAP account and my IMAP-enabled Lotus Notes work account took only a few moments more. (Cingular users seeking push service for Exchange e-mail need Cingular's $40-a-month data plan and a service adjustment.)

Messages from the personal and Exchange accounts began appearing immediately, color-coded according to my preferences (or viewable by account). My Notes messages, though, never showed up--ChatterEmail+'s IMAP push function depends on a server extension called IDLE that current Lotus Domino mail servers don't support.

Nevertheless, if your business mail server meets ChatterEmail+'s push requirements, it's a no-brainer if you're willing to pay a modest fee for timely delivery of--and features for managing--work-related mail on a Treo.

ChatterEmail+ 2.0

Affordable program pushes e-mail to your Treo, freeing you from IT support or a poky server.

Price when reviewed: List: US$40 (US$60 bundled with Exchange plug-in)

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