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Pushing from a pop account
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Nov 28, '09 10:37:17AM

Here's what I have:

  • My comcast.net mail is set to forward to my me.com address and not keep a copy. I don't POP it any more.
  • My MobileMe account is set up in Mail.app and on the iPhone as a native MobileMe account.
  • I changed the SMTP outgoing server on Mail.app to my Comcast one, so I can send as any ID from there.
  • On the iPhone, I changed the outgoing SMTP to my GMail one.
  • I then configure my GMail to send email out with my Comcast ID.
  • I send mail from my MobileMe account using my me.com address.
The problem with the phone is that if you send from the MobileMe account, you can only use a from address of an active account on the phone. I could activate my Comcast one, but it clutters up the account list in Mail, but more importantly, on the phone, whatever account you use as "from" is where the sent item is stored. This means that if I sent mail from the MobileMe account, but picked my Comcast ID as the from, the sent mail would be stored on the phone in the Comcast account sent items and not in the MobileMe sent items on the server where other mail clients could get at. Those messages are stuck on the phone other than forwarding them off since my Comcast is only a pop account (Gmail users may be fine with this). That is why I had to use my MobileMe ID to send from so that the sent items go to MobileMe.

Using MobileMe to give push to an IMAP account has the problem of if you forward to MobileMe to use it as the IMAP inbox, the sent items from the phone won't go there if you send as from the other IMAP ID. You might could have your mail IMAP account forward a copy to MobileMe to get a push notice, but just check your mail account when you get the notice. However, your MobileMe inbox will now have duplicates piling up.

Gmail now has push, but it uses the Exchange Active Sync, of which there's only one on the iPhone. So, corporate users can't have both. I imagine that Apple could easily add a second Exchange Active Sync slot, but that Microsoft would probably want a second license fee for it.

Edited on Nov 28, '09 10:54:51AM by u2mr2os2


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