You've got your uber-cool new iPhone 3G or you're rocking the new 2.0 update on your iPhone 2G or iPod Touch, and you want to try out this Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync all the
kids suits are yabbering about. One problem -- you don't have an Exchange server. You're not part of some big megacorp with a massive IT department, you're not a developer with MSDC licenses for the "testing", and you're not even small-business'y enough to pick up a cheap (for Microsoft!) ActionPack with a couple of licenses (or even if you did, you don't have the geek in you to set 'em up and administer the high-maintenance little beasties).
What to do, what to do?
Yup, just like ISP's offer regular old email, and we services offer Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. for POP and IMAP mail, some companies will provide you with similar email accounts hosted on Exchange, ready for to get your ActiveSync iPhone nirvana on. Ranging in price, some even do it cheaply and some... for FREE!
The inimitable Lifehacker points us towards Mail2Web, which offers a FREE Microsoft Exchange based email solution, and provides handy-dandy setup and usage tips (though it looks like you might need the $4.45 a month version if you want to use it directly with Outlook on the PC).
TiPb's own cross-platformer-in-chief also points us towards some for-pay, but potentially better fitting solutions from some users, with Sherweb at the top of his list, 1and1 hitting okay, and 4smartphone serving up equal parts popularity and unreliability (lately).
Of course, Microsoft itself is also entering the subscription space, for anyone who might want an ActiveSync addy straight out of Redmond...
Any options we're missing?