Taiwanese mobile phone service providers are preparing push e-mail services to compete with BlackBerry, which is expected to arrive on the island later this summer.Research In Motion (RIM) announced last month it will team up with Taiwan Mobile to launch its popular BlackBerry service in Taiwan. Since then, a host of mobile phone companies from the island have been laying defenses to counter the service.Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless Communications, which has more third generation (3G) users\u2014900,000\u2014than any other company in Taiwan, plans to offer push e-mail later this year. It\u2019s been selling new handsets such as Motorola\u2019s V3C and Samsung\u2019s X969 for the service at the Taipei Telecom 2006 trade show, which ends Monday."We\u2019ll have our push e-mail service up by the fourth quarter," said Frank Wang, spokesman for Asia Pacific. He declined to offer details of the system his company plans to use.Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan\u2019s largest mobile phone service provider, has taken a different tack. It teamed up with local handset vendor Dopod International to develop a handset with PDA functions, the CTH9000. It runs Microsoft\u2019s Windows Mobile 5.0 software, which provides push e-mail functionality."We\u2019ve sold so many of them that we ran out of them here at the show, but we still have more at other locations," said Evon Lu, a spokeswoman for Chunghwa Telecom. The handset came out late last month.The orientation of text and menus on the screen can be changed so that they still appear the right way up when the phone is turned sideways. This position also makes it easy to use the qwerty keypad that can be slid out from under the phone.Vibo Telecom has worked with Nokia and uses a Nokia E61 PDA\/handset with the Symbian OS for its push e-mail service."The system was ready in May, and now we have the handsets. Customers can start using the system now," said Vivian Lin, a spokeswoman for Vibo. The last major 3G telecom operator in Taiwan, Far EasTone Telecommunications, opened its push mail service in June of last year. Mailgene Plus works on dozens of smart phones and supports Windows and the Symbian OS, the company said.-Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.