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What if your email address could demand respect?

Cell Phone email preview - they call that a solution.

Do I really want to have the "review" my email before I download?

Cingular's mobile phone implementation of OZ's email client is getting some good reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. One feature that is expressly noted, is the ability to review the message before download. And, it's noted as though I should appreciate this functionality? One step forward, two back on that one. I guess OZ's design is as good as it gets when it comes to controlling undesirable content in the wireless world.

I know there's a great deal of snappy new technology here, but all in all, I still find it relatively odd that consumers are willing to bear the burden of "reviewing" messages first, before they decide to expend the cost of downloading. This model, like all other anti-spam models, implies that the only value worth protecting is the cost of the network. In our new age of Custom Personal Media I ask; What about my "Personal Value". I personally want messages of value to be delivered without yet another inbox to review.

How about this novel approach? How about giving the consumer the upper hand and forcing the sender to bear the delivery cost (plus a little extra for time wasted) - if the recipient deems they've wasted their time (or bandwidth)? Now this is a real solution to the age-old request of: "Don't bother me unless you have something very important to say" or "your chair is on fire."

While my hat goes off to Cingular for making a valid attempt, it seems to me the customer is still on the short end of the long stick.