1. You receive an email on your Exchange Server.
2. The Exchange Server creates a special email that has a GUID as its subject and a few characters in the body of an email.
3. The Email is then sent by the Exchange Server to an Email to SMS gateway.
4. The gateway sends the subject and body of the email concatenated together as a SMS to your phone.
5. The phone receives the SMS, deletes it immediately and then initiates a GPRS connection to your Exchange Server and Syncs.
The advantages of this are pretty obvious, i.e. reduced GPRS costs if your volume of emails are quite low, as well as the advantage of getting the email on your phone reasonably soon after the email arrives on the Exchange Server.
I looked around the Net and found no instructions at all about how to make it work. Fortunately it’s actually pretty easy.
This is what you need to have.
1. Exchange Server 2003.
2. The Mail recipient needs to be set up to use Outlook Mobile Access and the Always-Up-To-Date notifications need to be enabled. You can check this from Active Directory Users and Computers.
3. You should also be able to Sync via your Exchange Server. Some reports have indicated that Non SSL connections are not working. I haven’t personally checked this since I’m using an SSL certificate for my connection.
This is what you need to do:
1. In Exchange Server add a new mobile carrier called Orange and set the smtp domain to @orange.net
2. Stick the E200 in the USB cradle.
3. Open Active Sync.
4. Click on Tools and Options.
5. On the Sync Options Tab click on Configure next to the Server heading.
6. Click on Connection next to the “Server Connection” heading.
7. Click on Device Address
8. Use the “Service Provider” option and enter your mobile number in the "Device Phone Number".
9. Click on Schedule and Choose the Option “When New Items Arrive” as required for peak or off peak.
I have encountered a problem with it but I need to do some more testing to be sure. If the SMS does not arrive for whatever reason, the Exchange Server does not immediately appear to send another email to the SMS gateway if a second email arrives for you. It seems as if Exchange is waiting for you to Sync before it sends another notification. I’m not sure if this is intended or maybe a glitch at my end.
Overall it’s a very cool feature and great for people who want to have the same functionality as a Blackberry. However unless I can get a cheaper SMS gateway option from Orange it really is not worth it for me.