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Old 03-23-2007, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i work for myself and have to spend some time on the road and am thinking about getting an 8800 at cingular hoping that it will help me receive and answer my email faster. currently i use pop3 with my email and download it on to my mac. i do have the ability to set up my email account to use either imap or pop3. however i am confused as both imap and the blackberry would be new to me.

in testing an imap account with my computer, it seems that when i delete the item, it is deleted from the server. i am told this will happen with any computer/device setup up with imap.while this is great for junk mail and mail i no longer need, my concern is as my BB fills up and i need to create space on the device as i'm sure it only holds so many messages, any messages that i delete due to space requirements on my bb, will delete from the server and then from my computer.

i know pop 3 works differently. the main disadvantage i see with pop 3 is that when i will answer all my bb messages and then have to go to my computer and go through all my messages again.

am i correct as to my assumptions. can someone help me get less confused?

also - i will be using BIS as i do not have access to BES.

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If you have POP3, then set up your email via the Cingular BIS site. Works great. I have 5 accounts, including my own business account coming that way.

As for deleting, make sure you have Outlook set to leave mail on the server for some number of days (I use 3). The BB doesn't reconcile email when you are on BIS so if you delete from the handheld, they will still be there to d/l on your PC.

Plus I have mine set up that when I answer an email, the response is automatically bcc to me. Easy enough to delete if I don't want it.
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If you have POP3, then set up your email via the Cingular BIS site. Works great. I have 5 accounts, including my own business account coming that way.

As for deleting, make sure you have Outlook set to leave mail on the server for some number of days (I use 3). The BB doesn't reconcile email when you are on BIS so if you delete from the handheld, they will still be there to d/l on your PC.

Plus I have mine set up that when I answer an email, the response is automatically bcc to me. Easy enough to delete if I don't want it.
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thank you for your help. question. on a normal day i get 500 or more emails, many of which are spam. when using pop3 and this method, your really reading and cleaning out all the messages twice(once on each machine.) is that correct.

also, do you know how many messages collect on a blackberry before the blackberry gets full and they have to be deleted?

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thank you for your help. question. on a normal day i get 500 or more emails, many of which are spam. when using pop3 and this method, your really reading and cleaning out all the messages twice(once on each machine.) is that correct.
Yes. The email gods must really like you. I get about a hundred or so and I thought I got alot! What business are you in?

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also, do you know how many messages collect on a blackberry before the blackberry gets full and they have to be deleted?
Sorry but I don't know.
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[quote=Dubdub]Yes. The email gods must really like you. I get about a hundred or so and I thought I got alot! What business are you in?


i guess i had my email on a mailing list that got sold.i would kill that email address but i need it.


this what i'm concerned about with imap. if my blackberry gets full and i have to delete messages from the blackberry that i want to keep on my server and my home computer , wont they delete them from the server and my home cumpter? i think that imap sounds great as i think it will wipe out spam and other unwanted emails from the server afer i delete them on the blackberry but if i have to clear good messages out of the blackberry due to space limitations, i lose it on the other computers.

does anyone know if that is true. i would be on BIS not BES.

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BIS doesn't truly support IMAP as you'd expect. It pulls a copy from the IMAP server.
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BIS doesn't truly support IMAP as you'd expect. It pulls a copy from the IMAP server.
so does that mean when i erase the message on my blackberry, it will have no effect on the messages on ther server?
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As long as you have the "Leave Messages On Server" box checked in Outlook you should be OK. If I were you, I wouldn't check it out first and make sure. Also, if you are that concerned, i wouldn't delete the important stuff from the the BB until you had it downloaded to the PC.
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As long as you have the "Leave Messages On Server" box checked in Outlook you should be OK. If I were you, I wouldn't check it out first and make sure. Also, if you are that concerned, i wouldn't delete the important stuff from the the BB until you had it downloaded to the PC.
but if i am on imap and it has downloaded to my outlook, wont it disappear from my computer when its deleted on the server?
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Can't help you with IMAP as I do not use it.
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Can't help you with IMAP as I do not use it.
thank you for your help. i will probably just use pop3 as it sounds easier.
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