Because most mobile devices have at least a WAP browser, one alternative to the e-mail service provided by your cell carrier is to use a Web-based e-mail client.
You can access your e-mail, and many Web-based e-mail services will send alerts to your mobile phone to let you know when you have new e-mail.
Both Yahoo! mail and MSN Hotmail support mobile devices.
A Web-based e-mail service also solves another problem for many mobile users: storing contact information for a large number of people.
While some devices, a PDA for instance, can store a large number of contacts in great detail, the average cell phone is limited in the amount of contact information it can store.
Some cell phones don’t store e-mail contacts at all.
A Web-based e-mail client usually enables you to store and manage your contacts on the Web site and to access your address book from your mobile device when you are composing e-mail.
Some of the e-mail accounts provided by cell carriers also have a Web-based interface where you can manage your e-mail and address book.
Storing and managing your contacts via a Web site is also safer.
If your mobile device is lost or stolen, your contact information isn’t on it.
Your information will be safe and sound on a server, and you won’t lose a thing.
This also is more convenient when you are switching to a new phone; you don’t have to re-enter all of your contacts on a new device.
Just use the new device to access your online address book.