Can someone suggest a Push e-mail provider?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Samets, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I've been using Push for my gmail account for as long as it's been available but since they are killing the ActiveSynch for basic accounts I want to investigate moving to a new provider.
    I know that as long as I keep the current phone, I will be fine but that only lasts so long...

    Can someone recommend a good Push provider?
  2. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    While I am loathe to suggest an online Apple service to people (given their history with the genre) I do have to say that iCloud mail has been good to me.

    After that, I'd probably suggest Yahoo. I've never had it, but the people I know with it seem to like it.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    As often as Apple changes the service names, I would rather stay away from them. Yahoo/HotMail is not something I would put on my resume.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    ... using the Gmail app.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2011
    Sparrow for iPhone has been updated to support Push functionality
  6. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    I use this as well. I also have an email that uses push just fine.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    How about downloading a gmail push alert app? At least the alerts would be synced.

    I'd say icloud, but you nixed that.

    I use yahoo for my archive and like it, but you nixed that too.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I rather use the

    I thought is not Push!?
  9. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    It is working fine on my iPhone.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    People are still using their addresses. I wouldn't be that put off.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    On a free outlook account? I've never gotten one to push. Perhaps you could post your settings for the OP?
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Apple is still supports all of their legacy domain names (@mac, @me, and so on).
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Really? When was it updated?
  14. macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2008
    London, UK
    It wasn't! It's the perfect client, google should just get rid of gmail app and rename sparrow
  15. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    I just set it up in the mail app using the hotmail set up.
  16. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Did Google finally turn off push services for iOS?

    I would heavily recommend a gmail account, as much as I am pro-Apple. Gmail has the most free storage and is a mature email client that has been around for a while and works pretty well IMO.

    Second suggestion is iCloud, but the only limitation is storage space.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    I thought you could continue to push as long as your account was set that way before the cutoff? What phone your pushing to shouldn't make a difference. I've changed phones upteen times and never touched a setting in gmail after the initial set-up.
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Google has not yet turned it off but it will.

    It's device specific. So if I keep my phone for 5 years and never wipe it or change it, then I'm fine. As soon as you switch the phone or delete the settings for the mail, it will be gone.
  19. macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    Despite the service changes, email with iCloud has remained very consistent, and all previous names have been kept around for users to use. Even users of the old e-mail addresses can still use them. Not to mention, I have my doubts they'll be changing names again for some time.

    And say what you will about Apple's services and past flubs, but e-mail has pretty much ALWAYS worked. Not to mention, I think we're past most of the teething issues of iCloud at this point. Google too, has had its share of major cloud-wide outages, and few seem loathe to try them out these days.

    Aside from iCloud Yahoo is really the only other service that's offering push e-mail for free. Beyond that, you've got two options:

    1. Roll your own server, which I don't recommend unless you really know what you're doing and have the resources to do it.

    2. Go with a paid Exchange e-mail provider.

    With the cost required for either option above, you'd actually come out ahead just staying with GMail and, when the time comes that you can't ActiveSync anymore, pay them $50 a year for a paid apps account and get that functionality back.

    Or... go with iCloud/Yahoo.
  20. macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    Use the official gmail app?

    It does push, and gives you access to all the gmail features.
  21. macrumors 68040


    Oct 14, 2007
    I use yahoo mail and the push facility works great with it.
  22. macrumors 68020

    May 6, 2008
    Their description in the app store still says that push notifications are not supported. It looks like it has been updated to support the bigger screen on the iPhone 5 though.

    For push email, I would suggest going with Yahoo.
  23. ATC
    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Moved away from GMail late last year and now use iCloud for my main (, and use aliases of and as a secondary and they've both been rock solid, with full push on iOS.

    The only thing is with it doesn't yet support IMAP so when you clear your inbox on one device, it doesn't update status on other devices, so they still show there as unread. MSFT has said back in August that IMAP is the most frequently user-requested feature and that they do plan on implementing it but nothing so far yet.
  24. macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2012
    Gmail app it gives you push notifications and is very fast compared to others ...
  25. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2012
    I would recommend I am a huge Gmail fan, but since the changes they have made, I found myself in the same boat. has worked great, I have since moved over to it full time now and just have my Gmail forwarded to my account.

    I set mine up as Exchange. In the screen shot, enter in your email address for your username, and for the server and domain, enter in, when you click next, the server will change from to what you see in the picture, the

    Anyways, those are my settings and I can sync my calendar and my contacts as well. My Push email through works just as good as my Gmail did, I have not missed one email.

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