Visa Mobile Office is designed to offer Visafone Subscribers access to and management of Personal Information – email, calendar and contacts from their mobile device (Motorola Q) using CDMA 1x/EVDO as the service bearer. Using Push technology subscribers will have real-time access and synchronization capability from mobile phones to their enterprise email, calendar and contacts. Subscribers will also have pull access to POP3 mails and other web-based email services like Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.
Interested subscribers will need to purchase a Motorola Q9 for use with this. Visafone quotes the Q9 as being available for N59,999 only. Here is a quick specification sheet of the Motorola Q9:
- Push and Pull Email
- CDMA 800, 1900 Mhz, 1X and EVDO
- Windows Mobile Standard 6.0
- 2.4 inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA 65,536 color display
- Opera Browser
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- MMS, SMS
- Streaming audio and video
- Supports MP3,WMA, MPEG4
- USB, Bluetooth Connectivity
- miniSD slot
- Li – Ion, 1170 mAh Battery
Visa Mobile Office attracts a monthly access charge of N4, 000, and this includes unlimited data access on the Visa 1x 24/7 plan for both email and web browsing. Visa 1x 24/7 plan allows you to browse the Internet anytime anywhere within the Visafone coverage area at speeds of up to 153kbps on a shared basis.
The 1x plan does not give access to the faster EVDO platform though the Motorola Q9 is EVDO-enabled. Still, at N4,000 monthly for unlimited access, it is a good deal, especially considering that you can use the phone as a modem for internet access on a computer.
It looks to us that this about the best deal for mobile road warriors on any of the available CDMA networks.