Mail now supports functionality for providing email services to wireless phone
users. As of version 1.1.0, the out-of-the-box Saké Mail distribution contains
an alternate skin set called "wml",
which produces WML output for WAP-enabled mobile devices, such as any cell phone
that contains a WAP mini browser.
ISP Mail Access
If you are an ISP, then you can provide wireless access to your mail
system customers from your own web site using Saké Mail. You don't need to invest
in wireless equipment or software, you simply provide a WML interface to your
customers from your existing web server. Your customers that have WAP devices
will be able to connect to your server using their wireless provider's equipment,
which communicates with your web server via the Internet. With Saké Mail, you
can enhance your existing mail system with both web access and wireless access
with a single, customizable, off-the-shelf software package.
Wireless Provider Access
If you are a wireless service provider, then you can use Saké Mail
to provide email services to your wireless customer base cheaply and easily.
Saké Mail leverages your existing email technology investment and does not require
the installation of new servers or database software. Saké Mail is simply a
glue layer that provides web and wireless access to your existing POP3 or IMAP
mail servers. You can provide an option to log in to your Saké Mail installation
via the home deck that your gateway software provides for your customers. Since
Saké Mail is highly configurable and customizable and allows login parameters
to be passed via URL, you can dynamically generate home decks for your users
that will allow one-click access to email.
Saké Mail provides access to the exact same information,
whether the user is logged in via the web or via a wireless device. This allows
users to configure address aliases and personal options from a web browser (with
a keyboard) if desired, and then use those configuration options on the road
from a wireless device. Since Saké Mail can provide both interfaces simultaneously,
your administrators only need to install and configure one piece of software
in order to provide both web-based email access and wireless email access.
Figure 1: A user's Inbox after logging in to Saké Mail on a wireless
Figure 2: The user (above) selects the first message.
Figure 3: The user (above) scrolls down to message contents. Messages
are automatically broken into pages to conform with WAP packet size restrictions.
Email messages are never truncated, so users have access to the entire contents
of a message, even for very long messages.
Figure 4: The user (above) uses uniformly-placed menus to navigate within
the Inbox, and to take action on the messages received.
Figure 5: Wireless users have access to all of Saké Mail's functionality,
including Folders, Options, and the Address book. Wireless users are presented
with the same data as web-based users.
Figure 6: A user's personal options.