Recently when I was being interviewed by Spikesource, one of the startups in Bangalore, I came across this term open source alternative to Blackberry. Yesterday I was speaking to one of my former colleagues and I heard him talking about Blackberry. I was intrigued to know more about push email and Blackberry. So I set my research in motion 🙂
Google led me to Funambol (read it on CNET)
If some email service provider can host funambol and integrate their email service into it, I believe it would be a lot of convenience for users with cellphones. Combine some open source (read standard compliant – bzip2?) compression both on server side and client side, add to that on demand message download (push only mail headers), you can save a lot of data transfer as well. A service provider can roll out offers similar to SMS packages at nominal costs and users would jump onto it.
Note: Now I am an employee of Spikesource, but the ideas described in this article are in noway endorsed by or related to Spikesource.