As most of you already know Red Bull Mobile have launched in South Africa, piggy-backing on Cell C‘s network. I was gifted a Red Bull Mobile HD device as part of the testimonial program. As a seasoned Android user the transition from my HTC Desire was relatively painless except when trying to connect to Microsoft Exchange server to retrieve my work email. The default mail app on the Red Bull Mobile HD does not work with Microsoft Exchange 2010 mail. You will constantly get the ‘Unable to connect to server’ error message no matter what you do.
With the help of Red Bull Mobile and Cell C support we’ve found 3 solutions to the Red Bull Mobile HD and Microsoft Exchange 2010 email problems: These 3 solutions aren’t ideal but until the RBM HD Android version is updated there is no other alternative unless you wipe the RBM HD version clean and install the default version of Android for the device.
1. Touchdown with eXchange ActiveSync
TouchDown™ works with the following types of email servers and is available to download via the Android Market in a 30 day trial :
- Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and above
- Office 365
- Novell GroupWise
- Sun Java Communication Suite
- Oracle OCS & Beehive Suites
- Mirapoint Messaging Server
- Alt-N MDaemon
- People Cube’s Meeting Maker
- OpenText First Class
- Google Premier Apps
MailDroid is another app available via the Market that supports Microsoft eXchange 2010.
3. K-9 Mail
K-9 is an opensource email client based on the Email application shipped with the initial release of Android. K-9 is focused on making it easy to chew through large volumes of email. It’s our hope that K9 leads to improvements in the core Android mail client.
There you have 3 alternatives to the RBM HD email client that supports Microsoft Exchange 2010.