Major flaw with iPhone: Email

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NJRonbo, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I am sure everyone else is experiencing the problems that I
    have experienced.

    The first problem is that while I synched my iPhone to my Mac
    via iTunes, I must have asked the software to port over all my
    email messages.

    Additionally, I receive 200+ spam messages per day so I am
    getting a lot of email on my iPhone (and it's taxing the battery).

    The flaw is this...

    There is no mass deletion. You have to delete email one-by-one
    and with 1500+ messages on my iPhone there is no way it can
    be done.

    Additionally, my iPhone is locking up while deleting all this email
    because it can't handle so much deletion.

    I am going to call Apple later today to report this problem.

    I was hoping some of you had suggestions on what I can do here.

    I also need to know what I must CHECK or UNCHECK in iTunes
    during my next synch to prevent an email synch between both

    Thanks in advance!
  2. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I agree that spam is currently a huge problem with the iphone! Not sure what to expect from the software updates Apple promised...
  3. TheScappian macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    At least a Mark All as Read would be nice. I use Fastmail andhave Junk Mail filtering enabled on the server so it doesnt clutter up my inbox too much. I agree some more control in the mail app would be nice. We'll get there!
  4. quattrotom macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2007
    Time to port over to gmail
    (no spam on my iphone)

    Now if apple would only integrate google calendar into the iphone so I don't have to access the web with safari everytime I look at my calendar.

  5. PhatBoyG macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Tulsa, OK
    I use google domain services to host the e-mail for my domains and I'm trying to setup the system to use the SMTP server to deliver mail. I can receive fine via for my domains (for example:, using an account but when it tries to send it gets an error.

    Anyone get this working yet? Not being able to send mail is a serious issue IMHO.
  6. paj macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2003
    Another big problem I see is that there is no way to choose a port for SMTP. Unless you mail server is set to use the default port, you're out of luck.

    Exchange support is not real Exchange support either. It requires the Exchange server is configured to accept IMAP connections. This is often disabled on corporate systems for security reasons.
  7. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I am using .mac and the spam filter has blocked mail to the phone the same it does on my computer.
  8. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    Do you think that features such as erasing multiple emails, Google Calendar integration, spam filtering can be upgraded with a software patch?

    I'm not so sure.
  9. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I have not tackled mail yet. I know my main account gets way to much mail and spam.

    I think I will have to set up a seperate account for my phone. Which will make it much less useful.
  10. travishill macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    Just put a : between the servername and port number
  11. paj macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2003
    That did it. Thanks.
  12. Adamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    What's Gmail like on the iPhone, application or web-based? Is Google Talk supported?
  13. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    For the items you listed, I'm fairly certain that all could be resolved with a future software update.
  14. z400central macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    I'm having this same issue. Coming from a blackberry 8800, I am disappointed.

    One odd issue I am having as well. When I login on my MBP Mail, I am asked for a password to my pop3 account. I enter it in, and it says it is wrong, when it is not.

    So for some reason, all the mail is going to my iPhone, not my computer!

  15. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    One thing in which the BlackBerry stands out is that one doesn't have to check the email manually/it is only checked automatically every 15 minutes. Can "push" technology be incorporated in the iPhone via a software update?
  16. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
  17. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    I'm expericing the same problems. I have an excellent 3rd party spam filter on Mac Mail. My server is IMAP, so if I my Mac checks the mail then it will take care of the spam for me. But if I check my mail on the iPhone than all spam will persist. I'm sure Apple will address this, that's why they have us playing with it and reporting problems.

  18. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Re: Gmail, if you go into Gmail and tell it only to send POP3 mail that is new from that moment forwards it wont download a month's worth of stuff. Also, with Gmail, and I assume with Yahoo and everyone else, if you set the system to be strict on spam it won't get through to your POP mail anyhow.
  19. *Spitfire* macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2007
    Mass Delete on iPhone Mail

    I had the same problem, and worked around it by deleting all the worthless messages from the server first (using a conventional Mac), and setting the iPhone mail preferences to delete after one day and anything else I thought would help. I then synched again, and I'm clean.

    I still have to work a permanent fix for going forward, though, and a "check all" box needs to go on the squawk list.
  20. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    Can you elaborate on this further?

    I went into Settings -> Mail -> Account -> Advanced

    And selected "Remove deleted messages after one day"

    However, notice it says remove DELETED messages not CURRENT

    Even though I selected REMOVE AFTER ONE DAY, I still have several
    days of email on my phone.

    Would appreciate the assistance!
  21. ScottW-CO macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    Where do you see you can set the delete time to one day? I've got Never, 7 days, and "when removed from inbox"...
  22. Xtoo macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Valencia, CA
    I had the same flood of email issues, but it got fixed after I deleted all messages from server. Glad to know other people had the same idea before doing any research on the forums -we must be smart-.

    Now I am up to date and luckily I do not get spam on the accounts a sync up to the iPhone.
  23. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    A few questions based on the above few posts....

    1. How do you erase all emails from the server? I download all
    my mail to my Mac desktop. I would think it's all off the server
    now, but instead, iPhone downloads the same exact email. It's
    not unusual, mind you, as my Blackberry did the same exact thing.

    2. As the question right above mine asks, where EXACTLY do you
    go to tell iPhone to only keep 1 day worth of email?

    BTW, called Apple and talked to a very nice gentleman who heard
    my email complaint and said he will make certain that it gets
    brainstormed with the engineers later today. I told him it was a
    MAJOR flaw in a perfect phone.
  24. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    Hoping the iPhone software designers are listening, here's one more suggestion: although the virtual keyboard works pretty well, I'd say it's a hint slower than that on a blackberry. This is in all modes BUT the horizontal mode which is only available under Safari/internet at present. On the horizontal keyboard the keys are a little larger an more separated than on any blackberry, and I claim that typing is faster! Too bad this is only available on the mode where one usually types least (i.e. Safari) but not on email and text messaging...

    What do you guys think?
  25. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Actually, I prefer the iPhone keyboard over Blackberry.

    I was typing fast from the getgo on the iPhone. I must have
    slim fingers. :)

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