Originally Posted by jjones
thanks. I will try Yahoo out. Do I start from Blackberry BIS or from the yahoo end? I assume it uses pop vs forwarding to the cingular or whatever carrier account?
You start with Yahoo -- go make yourself a normal account and make sure http://mail.yahoo.com
works with a web browser, maybe send yourself an email or two to the @yahoo.com address to make sure.
Now go into your carrier's BIS webpage setup and simply add that account -- with T-Mobile BIS it's as simple as entering the email address and password for Yahoo and you're done. I am unfamiliar with Cingular BIS so cannot comment on that...
You don't have to set up any forwarding, the BIS server should POP out the email from Yahoo but not delete it. When you delete an email from your handheld, you'll get a choice to delete on only the handheld, the mailbox+handheld, etc. Remember that there is no delete-to-trash, so once you whack it from the mailbox it's gone.
Advanced next tip: if you want to push important things already coming to your GMail (thereby avoiding the problem of a no trash/archive in GMail via BIS), set up a filter in GMail to forward to the Yahoo account; if you then delete the email from your handheld+mailbox, it only deletes the Yahoo copy and leaves your GMail copy untouched.
Note: When setting up a GMail forwarding filter you can also mark it Read when forwarding (as well as archive it and so on), so it's pretty darn slick to use the two free webmail services together.