Like many who posted before the upgrade, I was concerned that T-Mobile could not completely deliver what many of us were hoping for, a new service with multiple sent from addresses that receives email immediately, and integrates to the Inbox, Sent Items, and Deleted Items of each email account set up. What we have is definitely an improvement, but we definitely don't have that ideal solution.
Here are some observations:
[......] = From bis/t-mobile help menu.
1) Only the
account has "immediate" reception ability, just as before the upgrade.
2) Yahoo accounts seem to be quicker, and do integrate the Inbox, Sent and Trash. To do this, the Yahoo account must be chosen in the options menu for email reconciliation on the device. However, my tests so far have not made me feel comfortable enough to forward my business mail to a yahoo account. Some are fairly quick, some take up to 15 minutes. For personal users who don't mind the webmail interface of yahoo, this will probably be an improvement. I won't ever use Yahoo too much, because it's not IMAP compatible, and you can't use it with Thunderbird. If it was, we would have a pretty good solution.
3) According to the online help menu in the setup of bis/t-mobile, there is no synchronization of anything but the Inbox for POP email.
[If I send a message from my BlackBerry device, is a copy of the message placed in the Sent Items folder of my desktop email program?
For corporate (Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino) and IMAP mailbox types, if you send a message from yoLike ur BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device, the message is copied to the Sent folder in your third-party desktop email program.
This feature is not supported by POP3 accounts.
For integrations with any Microsoft Outlook Web Access version 5.5 accounts, sent messages are not copied to the Sent Items folder of your desktop email program.
Messages that are sent from the BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device are copied to the Sent Items folder of your desktop email program. If you send a message directly from your third-party desktop email program, the message is not copied to the Sent folder of the BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device.]
4) Supposedly IMAP email accounts are supported for synchronization of the Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items, but you'll have to use BCC from your email client to an account that forwards to the device (tmo.blackberry.net, yahoo, etc.) or there won't be a copy on the device. Email sent from the device is copied to the sent folder of the appropriate IMAP account.
[If I delete a message from my BlackBerry device, is it deleted from my desktop email program?
Yes. Messages that are deleted from your BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device are also deleted from the third-party email account if wireless deletions are supported by the desktop email program. For corporate (Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino) and IMAP mailbox types, a message that is deleted from the BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device is copied to the Deleted Items folder in the desktop email program.
Wireless message deletion is designed to work for messages that are deleted from the BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device. If you delete a message directly from your third-party desktop email program, the message is not deleted from the BlackBerry device or BlackBerry-enabled device.
Some supported third-party email account types or specific mail implementations do not support wireless email reconciliation.]
5) The biggest improvement is the ability to send from up to 10 different addresses.
6) The biggest disappointment so far is that even though you can send and receive 10 accounts, only ONE ACCOUNT is available in the reconciliation menu on the device. Also, only the Yahoo account types have any kind of speed, all othere types are slow and sometimes unreliable in their ability to reconcile the Inbox, Sent and Deleted Items.
Everyone's opnion will be distinctly different. I am both encouraged at some things, yet very disappointed in others. There are also some creative ways to do things you may not be aware of, like using domain mail with a different email account than it appears. I am very glad that I can now send personal email from my device. This is a huge improvement. For business use, I deleted my old
address, recreated it in the BIS account settings, and changed the email address to my business account. I'm also using AutoBCC to forward back to business account Inbox. This enables very responsive email, though it's not integrated. For personal use, I'm using domain mail forwarded to a 2GB IMAP account by FastMail.FM. This is my only "Reconciled" account, and it does work, but with around a 15 minute polling delay. I'm using Yahoo for alerts and other non-priority mail. I'm not using POP email at all, rather I use Thunderbird, which is light-years ahead of Outlook or even Outlook Express in it's ability to handle a large IMAP account with dozens of folders and not crash when sending fairly large attachments. Every time I use Outlook in IMAP mode, it freezes up, or crashes. Outlook doesn't like IMAP at all. If you don't have an IMAP account (I've tried dozens), the best by far are: www.FastMail.FM
, and a new free 2GB account by www.AIM.com
. I choose to use FastMail, because with any paid account, you can have any email sent personailty you choose. AIM does not support "Relaying". You'll have to change to an AIM address, unless you you use an external email client.
I'm sure we'll find lots of tweaks and problems with this upgrade, but even though it's not what I hoped for, it's definitely not worse, and some users should be pleasantly surprised if they can live with a Yahoo Webmail Account, or the 15 minute polling delay for an IMAP account. POP mail users will be very disappointed, as it does almost nothing for them, other than have multiple sent from addresses.
Revel8tor - 10/02/05