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I love my Crackberry's instant access to...spam. 4 44.44%
It's okay, but it does get annoying sometimes. 2 22.22%
I'd like to have an option to manually check for mail. 3 33.33%
I can get e-mail on this thing? 0 0%
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had a Storm for a month or so now, and I'm loving the instant access to information. I'm also finding it a bit of a pain to have e-mail constantly updating on the device. Is there anyway to either reduce the polling time (say, check for mail every 15 minutes) or use a different client which supports this? I've also seen a few folks say that it's a push technology from RIM's server, which is understandable (the set-up I did personally seems like years ago with my busy schedule). One of my problems is that I use many different mail clients (Alpine, Squirrelmail, and the like) and for some reason, I get a lot of issues with lock files being ignored on the Blackberry/RIM end of things. Now I'm a Senior UNIX Admin, so I can figure out certain things on my own, but it seems pretty clear that while all of my other programs are smart enough to watch for lock files, it seems that the IMAP server (Dovecot) I'm using isn't so bright about those things. My preference would be to have a manual-poll feature, or a manual-push request.

Just looking for different options, and would appreciate any ideas.

Again, I manage my own mail server (Linux), so if there are any direct-to-device tricks I can use, I'd be more than happy to try that. I've always found it weird (as a security person) to use an intermediary server to collect mail for me from a server that maintain myself. Ahh, the price we pay for digital freedom, eh?
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BlackBerry devices do not check or poll for mail or any other data, it is pushed, and there is no way to change that. If you want pull mail, BlackBerry is not the device for you.
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The blackberry's purpose -- the function that distinquishes it -- is to provide the user with email instantly, anytime, anywhere, all the time. If you are complaining about that, you are using the wrong device.
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BlackBerry devices do not check or poll for mail or any other data, it is pushed, and there is no way to change that. If you want pull mail, BlackBerry is not the device for you.
Clearly, push email is what BlackBerry devices are famous for. However, you can still use a BlackBerry device without using push email. You can always use an email client other than the BlackBerry one, allowing you to retrieve email when you want. I use the Gmail client, mainly because of access to all my folders/labels. It also eliminates a potential point of failure - BIS. You can set it to automatically retrieve messages or only when you want them. There are other email clients too that can access any POP or IMAP account.
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Clearly, push email is what BlackBerry devices are famous for. However, you can still use a BlackBerry device without using push email. You can always use an email client other than the BlackBerry one, allowing you to retrieve email when you want. I use the Gmail client, mainly because of access to all my folders/labels. It also eliminates a potential point of failure - BIS. You can set it to automatically retrieve messages or only when you want them. There are other email clients too that can access any POP or IMAP account.
I don't see the point. If you don't want push, why have a BB? It makes about as much sense as trying sled uphill.
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Clearly, push email is what BlackBerry devices are famous for. However, you can still use a BlackBerry device without using push email. You can always use an email client other than the BlackBerry one, allowing you to retrieve email when you want. I use the Gmail client, mainly because of access to all my folders/labels. It also eliminates a potential point of failure - BIS. You can set it to automatically retrieve messages or only when you want them. There are other email clients too that can access any POP or IMAP account.
I don't see the point. If you don't want push, why have a BB? It makes about as much sense as trying sled uphill.
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I don't see the point. If you don't want push, why have a BB? It makes about as much sense as trying sled uphill.
Not everyone gets a BB just for push mail. I love the size and weight of the Pearl. Also, I cannot install Opera Mini on a Verizon Wireless "dumb" phone so I use it on my BB. I like instant mail too, but every 15 minutes is fine for me--that's what I get from Gmail. Some folks like BB devices and their functionality without the need the receive email the moment it hits their inbox.
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That's fine, scottjb. But the humorous step that invites ridicule is complaining about what is an essential characteristic of the blackberry. If someone has to dumb down the blackberry to get what they want, that's fine. But that's the choice they made.



The original post -- a month into owning a blackberry -- fits with a large category of users who didn't buy the blackberry as a tool that best meets their needs, but instead thought they were buying a smart phone like any smart phone, and they are struggling to make it fit with their concept of the way they want their smart phone to work. It is what it is.



More power to them. But when someone posts a post like a guy who buys a corvette and then complains it's too fast, well, we're going to shake our heads and laugh.
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