Access to the University's email server is available to users of Mobile Handheld Devices. For information about the currently supported devices, see Supported ActiveSync Mobile Devices. The term "mobile handheld" refers to devices that:
- feature at least one type of wireless capability, such as wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi), mobile data service in the consumer market (Alltel, Nextel, etc.), and Bluetooth for access to the Internet,
- function as a personal digital assistant (PDA) for managing calendars, address books, memos and to-do lists,
- are small enough to be clipped to a belt or fit in a pocket, and
- may include mobile voice capabilities.
Email and personal information management (PIM) data is synchronized and stored on the Microsoft Exchange email server and on the handheld. Users may compose e-mail and add or edit PIM data while the handheld is off-line or out of the user's coverage area and synchronize to the email server when data connectivity is restored. Users may also perform cradled synchronization. Advantages for the end-user who frequently depend upon e-mail and PIM data include:
- the ability to initiate and respond to e-mail anytime from any place where wireless data service is available
- eliminates calendaring conflicts for those who give other staff permission to view or add calendar events
- eliminates the need to manage multiple calendars, address books, etc.
For more information on how to setup Mobile Devices:
- For Blackberry devices with the Blackberry Enterprise Service, see http://occs.odu.edu/projects/exchange/blackberry_activation_instructions.pdf
- For all other devices, see http://occs.odu.edu/projects/exchange/activesync_setup.pdf