Nokia expands Ovi beta – adds 12 languages, tweaks sign-ups and promises web mail portal

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pop3-email-mobile-nokia-ovi-email.jpgIt’s pretty obvious to anyone who’s ever tried to set up a POP3 email account on a mobile phone that there’s a GAPING HOLE in the market for a simple, decent mobile email service that (a) works and (b) your dad can set up on his own without having to spend five hours on the phone to Nokia, Carphone Warehouse and, inevitably, you.

It’s a gap Nokia hopes its Mail on Ovi mobile service will ably fill. The Ovi mail beta has been expanded to include 12 languages, with the simple Series 40 app allowing mobile users from those 12 bits of the world to set up new Ovi email accounts directly from their handsets – and Nokia reckons it’s now even easier to sign up.

Nokia says its sold around 110million phones capable of running Ovi, which could, if my dad can figure it out in less than three minutes, make it a gigantic player in the mail world – especially when the web-based portal opens next February, bringing Ovi mail synching to your desktop.

(Via PCW)

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Gary Cutlack