The options for push email on the iPhone are 3 : MobileMe, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft Exchange. MobileMe seems like a nice service, but I already have my trusty Gmail account (using a hosted domain) and I’m not too interested in migrating. I had been forwarding all new messages from my Gmail account over to a Yahoo account for the push-like service, but now there’s something new out there that is working pretty well - NuevaSync.
I’ve been using NuevaSync’s free service since it began last year to sync my contacts. I’m an Outlook user and my contacts live there, so I exported them to my Gmail account and signed up for NuevaSync’s free service using the Exchange interface. It’s not a great solution because my contacts don’t stay synced unless I manually export from Outlook to Google, and if I remove the NuevaSync Exchange account on my iPhone, I lose all of my contact info. Not a very elegant.
But now NuevaSync offers an email service as well that provides push functionality from a variety of email solutions (including Gmail). This comes at a price of $25. It’s certainly cheaper than MobileMe, if not less robust. I figure I’ll give it a year since they provided me with the free contact syncing for a while, and see where their product goes.
So far, the pushes have been very fast - only a few seconds behind my BlackBerry.
I should note that NuevaSync’s service also provides calendar synchronization, which is a very big deal for many people. I use the BlackBerry for that, so I haven’t bothered with that feature.
I have heard rumblings of Google providing synchronization services using Exchange - that would be perfect for my needs. I wonder if this will happen, because that would very likely take paying customers from Apple’s MobileMe service.