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FuseMail Selects Funambol's Open Source Push Email & PIM Sync Solution
FuseMail Selects Funambol's Open Source Push Email & PIM Sync Solution for Small and Medium Business Customers
FuseMail extends its innovative outsourced email offerings by providing mobile email and PIM sync for a wide range of mobile phones at low cost.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 30, 2008 - Funambol Inc., the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced that FuseMail, LLC, an innovative provider of outsourced email, has selected its push email and PIM sync solution for deployment to 200,000 small and medium business (SMB) customers. FuseMail selected Funambol due to the benefits that an open source push email solution provides: broad device support, robust capabilities and superior value. FuseMail will provide its SMB users with the ability to access email on a wide variety of smart and feature phones, including BlackBerries and Windows Mobiles. FuseMail will also enable users to sync PIM data (e.g. contacts, calendars, tasks and notes) between their cell phones, such as the iPhone, and email clients such as MS Outlook. The service will be available directly to FuseMail's customers as well as via its growing network of resellers around the world.
"As a leading provider of outsourced email, FuseMail distinguishes itself by offering innovative email capabilities at low cost to SMBs, ISPs and webhosting companies," said Bryan Heitman, President of FuseMail. "Deploying Funambol push email and PIM sync to our customers and reseller network is a natural extension of our value-added services. Funambol provides us with a major edge by supporting a broad range of devices, quickly integrating into our infrastructure and offering a highly affordable price point."
FuseMail's deployment of Funambol for push email and PIM sync is indicative of a growing trend among organizations that provide email, contacts and calendar data. Their users are increasingly seeking access to email on their mobile devices and are willing to pay a modest monthly fee. This allows companies such as FuseMail to introduce a popular new mobile service that differentiates itself and makes their users more loyal and less likely to switch providers.
"FuseMail is at the forefront of service providers who are seizing a large opportunity to provide mobile email and PIM sync services to the mass market," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "They are a showcase example of a service provider that is leveraging open source for all the right reasons -- broad mobile device support, rich capabilities and great value."
FuseMail selected Funambol's software during the second calendar quarter of 2008, the most successful quarter in Funambol's history. Funambol completed a company-record ten sales transactions with innovative providers of email and PIM sync around the world, including several well-known service providers, online portals, such as AOL, and mobile operators. In the second quarter, the company also closed a Series B round of $12.5M in venture capital and significantly strengthened its solution by introducing important new support for BlackBerry and the iPhone 3G.
FuseMail is an innovative provider of outsourced email, serving over 200,000 people worldwide. The company was formed in 2003 with one business objective in mind: to provide customers with the most reliable and efficient email possible. Since then, FuseMail has developed its business email and reseller platform to include a very rich feature set. The company prides itself on providing a sophisticated, robust email platform at much lower cost than in-house or Exchange hosted solutions. The company is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with customers that include Century 21 and PIP Printing & Document Services. For more information, please visit www.fusemail.com
Funambol provides mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source. The company is the leading provider of open source push email and PIM sync solutions for the mass market. Funambol open source has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers and ISVs including customers such as 1&1, Earthlink, AOL and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with an R&D center in Italy. For more information, please visit www.funambol.com.
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