My OP was about checking my Hotmail account for emails. After setting up my BB for BIS. That's really not what I wanted. (Don't need my hotmail in my BES mailbox) I just wanted a simple way to know if I had gotten an email in my Hotmail account. Figured it out!!!
If you have a Hotmail Live account (Most of the new ones are), there is a setting under Options in the "Customize your mail" section called "Mobile alerts for new messages". This was the ticket for me. It's sends a SMS directly to my BB that notifies me. This is NOT an option for the older accounts but you can setup BIS for that. I have tried several Hotmail accounts and it works GREAT! It's nice in that I can configure it to send me notices from just my contacts.
THIS IS FREE!!!! YOU DON'T HAVE TO UPGRADE TO HOTMAIL PLUS FOR THIS TO WORK!!!
It was a little tricky setting up as I am on AT&T. I had to pick the Cingular Media Net option for the carrier and then put my cell # in. If your carrier isn't listed, you can also just put your email addr in.
Also, I would get the confirm code, but the sign up pages errord out. I had to manually finish the setup process (Basically select what to send the alert on) and BINGO!!!! SMS alerts direct to my BB for when I get emails.
I DID add alerts from this forum as well.
Merry Christmas all!!!!