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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by amarryat, May 15, 2010.

  1. amarryat

    amarryat Android Enthusiast
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    Pro's/cons of either setup via the HTC client?

    I currently have it set up using IMAP, but then I can't access email via WiFi.

    Yahoo doesn't support IMAP Idle, so it can't simulate push mail. Therefore you need to set a frequency for it to poll.

    I was thinking of switching to SMTP so that I could use it at home via wifi. I already have the IMAP poll frequency set to 1 hour, and could do the same with SMTP.

    Is there a good reason to stick with IMAP rather than SMTP?

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  2. nightfishing

    nightfishing Android Enthusiast

    The advantage of IMAP over POP3 is that if you are checking mail from multiple devices you can manage what is read/unread/archived etc from each device.

    IMAP vs. POP

    Setting up POP3 to "leave mail on server" on your Inc is similar solution if you do not have specific needs for IMAP.

    As you mentioned, you can't take advantage of PUSH anyways. Only issue I saw during the brief time I used POP on the Mail App is that it didn't always respect the "do not delete on server" setting, which was a bit annoying.
  3. dylo22

    dylo22 Android Enthusiast

    I think you mean pop3. SMTP is the common protocol for delivering mail.

    IMAP - you manage your mail on the server
    POP3 - you download the mail from the server to your device.
  4. amarryat

    amarryat Android Enthusiast
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    Yes absolutely correct. I wasn't thinking straight. I am trying to decide if I should change from IMAP to POP3 since I am a Plus subscriber and with POP3, could access my email via wifi.
  5. amarryat

    amarryat Android Enthusiast
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    That's true. So when I manually delete an email from the Incredible, it will delete it from the server as well so that I am not getting that email again on my computer.

    That is probably enough reason for me to stick with IMAP and deal with the inconvenience of not being able to use wifi to get my Yahoo mail.
  6. dylo22

    dylo22 Android Enthusiast

    Yes, using IMAP, if you delete on your incredible, you'll delete it form the server. The only downside to IMAP I can see is that you'll always need an internet connection to access your mail. Where as pop3, you can read your emails even if you're offline since they are downloaded on to your device.
  7. nightfishing

    nightfishing Android Enthusiast

    The Mail app has the option to "leave mail on server" when deleted on the phone when using POP3.

    It doesn't seem to work for everyone, though.

    Sorry, not sure if you want the email to remain or not!
  8. amarryat

    amarryat Android Enthusiast
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    That option isn't typically used for manual deletion of email. The way I have always understood that option to work is that the email client (Incredible in this case), would download your mail from the server. It would also delete it from the server by default since the email is now sitting on your client. But checking that option allows you to then go to your computer and also download that email. This is the way I always configured mine.

    Edit - therefore manually deleting an email from within the HTC client only deletes it from the device no matter the setting above.
  9. nightfishing

    nightfishing Android Enthusiast

    Yes. it gives you the option of leaving it or deleting it (when you delete it from the phone).

    There have been reported issues with that not working and the mail being deleted off of the server regardless of the setting. I saw that behavior during my short time using the default mail app.
  10. amarryat

    amarryat Android Enthusiast
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    I don't think that's the way it works. Deleting it from the phone by reading the email, and selecting "delete" from the menu will delete it ONLY from the phone, never from the server.

    Failing to tick the checkbox that says "leave a copy on server" means that when the phone downloads the email to the phone, it will also delete the email from the server, automatically, every time, before you ever read the email. Ticking that checkbox means that when the phone downloads the emails, it won't tell the server to delete them.

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