Email - pushed or pulled?

Jubz

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Currently a Blackberry Tour user and about to pull the trigger for the Hero as a secondary/personal unit.

Regarding having multiple POP email accounts, are the emails pushed to the Hero somehow or are they pulled from the Hero at user defined intervals?

Some searching here seems like the emails are pulled...if so, are you folks seeing a big hit on battery life if emails are being pulled every 10 minutes or so?

Also, is there an option to pull email accounts on command, like refresh or reconcile or something similar?

And am I correct in assuming that there is a setting for the email accounts to leave emails on the server so I can pull them down later on my PC for archiving?

TIA
 
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anon(697)

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Yep, POP and IMAP mails are pulled and you can set to frequency and also manually pull. Gmail seems almost like a push though it's so fast. I had a couple of GMX and Hotmail accounts I was pulling, but given Gmail is so integrated I have since set up gmail to collect that mail then it gets pushed to the phone.

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All POP3 is pull

If I'm not mistaken, the only "push" mail available is Exchange Server, which ofcourse is what the Blackberry BIS uses, and the Hero supports. POP3 is an old protocol from the early 90's and does not push mail. IMAP does not natively, but IMAP IDLE (which GMail and the Hero's GMail app support) is just the same as push. That's why Gmail feels like push.

So, in short, never use POP3... you might as well go back to dialup. Your desktop client will be out of sync and you'll wear down your battery pulling email every 15 min. Exchange is best (like web2mail.com), especially coming from the BB, but IMAP IDLE support is a close second.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, the only "push" mail available is Exchange Server, which ofcourse is what the Blackberry BIS uses, and the Hero supports. POP3 is an old protocol from the early 90's and does not push mail. IMAP does not natively, but IMAP IDLE (which GMail and the Hero's GMail app support) is just the same as push. That's why Gmail feels like push.

So, in short, never use POP3... you might as well go back to dialup. Your desktop client will be out of sync and you'll wear down your battery pulling email every 15 min. Exchange is best (like web2mail.com), especially coming from the BB, but IMAP IDLE support is a close second.


whats will give me better battery life?
exchange gmail set to receive email as it arrives or IMAP gmail set to receive email every 5 minutes?