FAQ: What Are The Methods of Receiving Email On BlackBerry?
What Are The Methods of Receiving Email On BlackBerry?
I noticed on several forums that this is a commonly asked question. So I am posting. There are several ways to get emails into a BlackBerry. BlacKBerry does not use a conventional email client, using a push technology. However, you can integrate nearly any email account including POP and IMAP and Exchange and even add support for Hotmail/GMail/etc email accounts.
Mark Rejhon - aka Marky - Home Page of Mark D. Rejhon
Great post Mark!
These are exactly the scenarios I have been investigating.
If anybody else can let me know of additional methods of receiving email on a BlackBerry, please post in here.
Pardon what is probably a dumb question.
I'm considering getting a blackberry (and don't have access to BES service)
If I configure my POP email to forward to my blackberry email -- and I reply to that email from my blackberry -- will the recipient see my blackberry email address or my POP email address in the "from" field.
Hope that question makes sense. Thanks, in advance, for your help with this. I'm just beginning to learn about the world of blackberries!!
If you configure the BWC "From", yes you can have your original POP email address.
Log into your network's BWC to configure this:
COMCAST and GMAIL users,
follow these instructions:
Don't forget to remove that particular email account from BWC, before you follow the above instructions for forwarding a particular email account. Since forwarding is quicker than the BWC "pull" feature.
should i use redirector or web client???
You seem very knowledgable about blackberrys, so i thought i would ask you about my problems.
i am purchasing several blackberrys for people in our office including myself and i can't decide if we should all use redirector or webclient.
none of us really travel too much, we spend 75% of our time in the office at our computers.
i find that using web client you get all your messages duplicated to the blackberry so if you've read and/or deleted 100+ e-mails during the day, when you go home that night you will have the same 100+ e-mails in your blackberry as unread that you have to go through and figure out where you left off.
1) am i doing something wrong? or is this how it works?
i like the idea of the redirector that it reconciles your e-mails so if you check it on the computer or on the blackberry they reconcile each other.
but the benefit of the web client is that you can open attachments easily...
2) is there an easy way to open attachments using redirector, without having to forward the message to a third party and having it sent back to you in an e-mail?
i also noticed the web client has a 10mb capacity, i believe this capacity is only on the web client and not on the blackberry so if you set up the web client to automatically delete your messages every 1 day then you shouldn't have a problem,
3) but does this mean you can not receive messages over 10mb to your blackberry? does redirector have a capacity?
my other concern is when i reply to messages or forward messages from my blackberry....
4) will they show up in my SENT box on my computer at work if i use web client? how about redirector?
and also, how do you suggest i handle my yahoo and g-mail accounts that i check less often that my work e-mail.
5) should i forward them to webclient using POP? will they still show up on yahoo and g-mail if i do that?
thank you very much for your time, i appreciate any help you can give me, i hope i didn't overwhelm you.
Mark, thanks for the above information on mail forwarding a comcast account. But if I delete the comcast account from BWC, how do I select it as the sent from addresss?
mevermind I just saw the custom sent from address option
Just a quick warning for those that want to use this method for recieving their email from comcast (mail forwarding). I have noticed a large increase in spam sent to my blackberry since changing to mail forwarding. I am assuming that once mail fowarding is activated, all mail is forwarded before comcast's built in filters check the messages. I have noticed mail that was sent to my blackberry that didn't show up on my comcast account. I have added some filters to my BWC, but there filter system is very basic, so a large amount still gets through.
Re: should i use redirector or web client???
(1)/(2)/(3)/(4) To solve your problem, I recommend BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). See my Hosted BES FAQ at my http://www.BerryFAQ.com and you will see how to get BES relatively inexpensively at $10 to $25 per month. This gives you wireless synchronization:
- Wireless synchronization of incoming emails
- Wireless synchronization of sent/deleted emails
- Wireless synchronization of unread/read status
- Wireless synchronization of Calendar
- Wireless synchronization of Addressbook (BES4 + OS4)
- Wireless synchronization of Tasks (BES4 + OS4)
- Massive amount of storage for attachments
- True push email, slightly faster than BWC
- More reliable than BWC (less likely to overload itself)
- No need to leave your work computers turned on at all times.
- Ability to kill your BlackBerries remotely if your BlackBerry is stolen, your private info is safe!
- MDS is faster than the BlackBerry TCP/IP stack
- Spam filtering is easier to do
At only $10 to $25 per month for BES Hosting, it's well worth it! If you can afford it, get a Small Business Edition BES; it will pay for itself after about a year. (Mailstreet hosting times 4 employees times a year, can pretty much equal the cost of a Small Business Edition BES) BES is expensive but for your type of business, it sounds like it should be very worthwhile because of your specific needs.
(5) You can use BWC simultaneously with the BES method, so you can use GMAIL/Yahoo POP or forwarding, independently of the BES method for your main work emails. Or you can even forward your GMAIL to your BES email address.
Mark, thanks very much for your suggestions, just a few follow up questions:
1) how much is a a Small Business Edition BES?
2) is mailstreet.com $23 per month for one user or the whole company?
3) does hosted BES (i.e. mailstreet) allow you to view all attachments (i.e. word, excel, pdf, pictures, and videos) instantly like BWC?
4) does hosted BES give you AIM?
5) if i set up my yahoo and gmail to POP to the blackberry, do copies of incoming e-mails show up on those accounts as well or just the blackberry?
I have a quick ? on #5. So the BlackBerry Redirector ONLY works with Exchange? Groupwise & Notes users are forced to use BWC or poney up the fat cash for BES?
I was just about to post....
There are alternatives if you are a Notes user:
1. You can try creating an Agent or Rule to forward your Notes e-mail. With Version 5 this doesn't seem to work so well as the form in which Notes forwards the e-mails is really not suited to replying (at least in my case it wasn't); with Notes 6 I can't seem to get the forwarding to work. But if you CAN do this it results in essentially true push e-mail (your PC has to be on all the time, of course);
2. If your organization uses iNotes then BWC can pull your messages from the web and you don't need to run a computer 24/7. This is how I do it and while it's not true push it functions well enough. You get this option by setting up your e-mail from the BWC;
3. If you set up your e-mail from the BWC and choose the option OTHER than iNotes then BWC will download a small app to a PC you keep on 24/7 which will act as a redirector, essentially. If you need true PUSH but can't get Notes forwarding to work this is the best option.
Hope the above helps a bit.
Just a short note about "pushing emails" from Gmail account by forwarding. I don't know if this is temporary thing but both sent and forwarded type emails from Gmail need more than few minutes to leave the gmail server as I think. When I was checking the delivery speed from gmail, it took almost an hour to receive email on my BB which I sent from gmail account. Same thing when I sent email to Gmail account which was set up for forwarding emaul to my BB. I don't know but I hope this is something temporary, b'se I really like to use gmail as a "archive" to everything I sent or receive.
2) $23 per month per employee.
3) Yes. Attachments supported.
4) No, but it "enables" access to third party AIM services using the MDS feature.
5) That's a BWC question, not a BES question. BES doesn't do POP, but you can run BWC and BES simultaneously. For BWC, copies show up at Yahoo/Gmail and on the BlackBerry. For BES, copies show up at your Outlook/Exchange email box and on the BlackBerry.
Sorry for the complete newb question, but...
I just received a 7100g from Cingular, and have it configured for my company's BES server. That works fine. I am now trying to configure it to receive my POP email account, but can't seem to find any blackberry info for Cingular. Am I just missing something something that's in front of my face someplace?
Thanks in advance,
You need to set up a "BWC" account. Go to http://www.cingular.com/blackberry - can't be much easier than that!
Multiple "From" Addresses
Anyone know of a way to be able to select from multiple "From" (i.e. Reply-to) addresses when replying to a message on my Blackberry? I am familiar with customizing the Return email address so that a personal email address, rather than the carrier.blackberry.net address is used, but any way to have multiple personal email addresses for the From field, from which I can select on a per-message basis?
In MS Outlook, when I compose a new message, I can drop down the "Accounts" list to select an account (and corresponding email address) to reply from. Any way to do something similar on my Blackberry so that one message I send can appear to be from one email address and the next message I send can appear to be from a different email address?
What's up y'all?
So I just got my BB 7290 today and we are debating on the best way to connect to email. We're a small business - 2 BB users (Can't afford $1,500 for BES).
1. The BB manual made it seem like you can use the Redirector software even if you don't have an inhouse email server. We've been trying to get it to work, but it keeps giving us Memory errors when it tries to initialize. Can we actually use Redirector if we don't have Microsoft Exchange?
2. Also, is there no hope for the poor BB users who don't want to have to constantly delete emails from the BB and desktop. Is any other way to sync emails? Does redirector do that?
3. Regarding file sizes. The T-Mobile rep mentioned that the BB doesn't download all emails but that it just shows the subject title and you can open/ download only those emails that you really want to see. Is this true, or does it download ALL email. It's seems like a junk mail is a part of everyone's life these days. What's the best way to combat this? Currently, I use filters within Microsoft Outlook 2003 to move most of my junk email to either the "trash" or "junk" folders. If forward all emails to my BB, then I'll have to sift through all that junk on the road. This is especially important for me as I do a lot of international travel. When roaming, every MB downloaded is money.
Thanks so much for the info. This forum is great!
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