Can POP email accounts push to phone?

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  1. BGTHEMOGUL macrumors 6502

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    I have the "push" option enabled on my iPhone 4s however none of my emails are pushing through. I have to manually open the mail application for it to retrieve emails. I have my two email accounts set up as POP accounts. Should these be pushing through on their own?
     
  2. dotme macrumors 6502a

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    Nope - POP3 isn't a push protocol unfortunately. It's strictly Fetch.

    Go to Fetch New Data, and under the Fetch section, specify how often you want to automatically check for new POP mail. After that, it will check in the background for you at that interval - sort of like push, with a delay :)
     
  3. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My email provider also supports IMAP. Would that work with the push protocol? I'd really like to get the emails pushed through.
     
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    I just assumed since POP3 emails pushed through on my BlackBerry that they would do the same on my iPhone. I guess I'll try the IMAP settings and see if that works.
     
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    Still hoping for a clear answer here. Can someone help me out? How come POP3 email accounts pushed just fine with BlackBerry but now I'm being told that POP3 does not support push capabilities?

    Does IMAP definitely do the push emails on the iPhone 4s if I change the settings and set up my emails that way?
     
  6. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Yes, IMAP does push, pop does not.

    No clue why/how it worked on the BB, I'm not familiar with them.
     
  7. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply. Will try this shortly and hope it works. Almost home.
     
  8. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well just got home and configured my email using the IMAP settings instead of the POP3 and it still did not push to my phone when I sent a test email. Any thoughts? I'd really like to have my email push so I don't have to wait to "fetch" it or even worse fetch manually.
     
  9. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is incorrect information after spending hours on the phone with Apple and researching. Neither IMAP nor POP accounts will push emails.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2625?viewlocale=en_US
     
  10. verwon macrumors 68030

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    It has to be set up as an exchange account to get push email.
     
  11. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But very few POP and IMAP emails can be set up as exchange accounts.
     
  12. verwon macrumors 68030

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    The most popular free ones can, like gmail, msn/hotmail and such.

    Which one do you use?
     
  13. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Check the thread in the main section. I'm referring to people with their own companies or business emails hosted at their domains. Turns out my company, 1and1.com does offer Microsoft Exchange server.
     
  14. dotme macrumors 6502a

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    Blackberry systems can access POP mail servers for their users, then push it to their handheld device. They get in the middle. That's why you used to get POP mail pushed out on a BB, I suspect.

    iPhones connect directly to the POP server. Of course, at times when BB network is down, this is a plus. Some POP/IMAP servers do have support for ActiveSync, which is the MS technology that pushes Exchange email to devices like the iPhone. SmarterMail, for example, now supports ActiveSync. It may also be an option on GMail - not sure about that.

    Anyway, you may want to check again with your mail provider and see if they offer ActiveSync or some similar solution too. If they do, set up using the "Exchange" option on the iPhone and you might get the push feature you're looking for.
     
  15. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Mine does offer Exchange for $6.99 per email. That can get expensive having multiple email accounts. I thought it was $6.99 a month for all of them!
     

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