Wall Street Journal Reviews TreoMail Version 1.0
In his Personal Technology column, Wall Street Journal reporter Walter Mossberg reviews the first production release of TreoMail, an application that delivers copies of email messages from an existing email account to a Treo so that the Treo user can take action on the email while on the road. CTDATA has used TreoMail throughout the beta test program, and we found TreoMail Beta 2 particularly useful.
The most interesting aspect of Mossberg's review is the fact that he seems to have missed or ignored the SMS notification feature that alerts a Treo user that messages are waiting to be delivered to the device. This feature was not available to VoiceStream customers until the Beta 2 release, but is now available to Treo users on all Treo-compatible mobile networks in the United States.
Mossberg also suggests that "...heavy e-mail users may want to wait to buy a Treo until this summer, when Sprint's version will come out. It will work on Sprint's forthcoming high-speed network, providing a nearly always-on experience for downloading e-mail, much like the BlackBerry does, eliminating the need to constantly place calls to get e-mail." This makes us wonder what happened to GPRS support in the current (GSM) version of the Treo? And, although he ultimately expresses satisfaction with TreoMail, how could Walter Mossberg have missed the SMS notification feature in the TreoMail software, when it is so important to the application's current usability?