Originally Posted by andycohen
Anyone have any thoughts on how to eliminate spam emails from your blackberry? I get about 50 worthless e mails a day. Is there some filter or other settings that will eliminate that?
I've been playing with the BIS filters on my personal email address and think I have a solution for you all.
It takes some effort but it works (for me anyways) and is worth the setup
Login to BIS either from the handheld or desktop web browser. I like the desktop web browser so that I can see better what I am doing, but that is just my preference.
It shows you which email addresses are associated with your BlackBerry. Click on the Filters icon beside the email address that you want to work with.
If no filters exist it displays - No filters configured. Click here to add one. So click it.
I set my filters to accept email when they come "From" certain domain names, but you can set them for individual email addresses or who they are "To", "CC" or the "Subject" is. There is also a choice for High Priority Mail.
First give it a Filter name - From Bob for example.
Now choose Apply filter when: "From" field
Now type beside Contains:
- the email address that you want email From
Click on Forward messages to handheld
Click on Add Filter button
This takes you back to show what filters apply to that email account
Click on When no filters apply: Do not forward messages to handheld
, this is the key part, only filtered messages goto the handheld everything else stays in your regular email programs Inbox.
Now only email sent to that personal email address that is from Bob will goto the handheld. All the junk mail goes to your regular email programs/webmail Inbox.
You can add more filters one by one or you can have multiple email addresses in the "From" Contains: field seperated with a semi-colon
I am lucky cause my family has it's own domain name so I can filter that all email from the domain name gets sent to my BlackBerry.
If you get email from the same domain name, like a business then add a filter and enter in the Contains: field the domain name like XYZ.COM
Now any email "From" XYZ.COM will be forwarded to your Blackberry. The filters also accept partial matches, like AMY and any email "From" any AMY that you know is forwarded. Just don't add a filter with a domain name of HOTMAIL.COM or YAHOO.COM and you will be OK.
The help on the BIS website is very good, if you RTFM you can pretty much tailor it so that only the email that you want ever hits your BlackBerry.
If you create a filter and set it to "a high-priority mail arrives" then tell all your buddies/girlfriends/relatives to make sure they hit the "Importance:High" button before sending the email then it will be forarded to your BlackBerry no matter who it is from as long as it is "High Importance", you know the big Red Exclamation mark. Most people know how to do this and it depends on the email client where that button is but all of them have the ability even the webmail that I've seen has that feature. And unless Junk-Mail is sent "High-Importance" then it will be filtered.
Now the fun part. Go back and edit your filter.
Under the Forward messages to handheld are two check boxes, the first is Header only - this may be useful for those on limited data plans. The second check box is Level 1 notification. From what my wireless carrier tells me that is used for PIN messages (BlackBerry to BlackBerry PIN messages.
I selected this on my filter for the family domain name so that email from them is sent to the handheld as a level 1 message.
I then changed my Blackberry under PROFILES/ADVANCED choose the profile I want and edit it so that Level 1 messages VIBRATE+TONE and play a Star Trek .WAV file that is the RED ALERT sound.
Now any Level 1 messages go WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP when they arrive.
I also created a New Profile that has specific Ring Tones and other sound effects that will notify me when my "High Priority" contacts call or email me.
That took some figuring out but it all can be done. There is another thread on here about Profiles and Exceptions that I found that got that part working for me.
Now I am in BlackBerry heaven, only the email that I want hits the handheld and I can delete the junkmail from my regular Inbox whenever I have time.
I am lucky, besides personal email addresses I am also on a BES server and also contract to another company that has a BES server. I looked at the help on the BIS website and it says I can add an Outlook/Exchange mailbox as well using an Outlook Web Access connector... just what I need now I can have 5 email addresses tied into my BlackBerry..... sheesshhh
Ok off to connect up to my other company BES.