PushMail - Finally an App Store solution to Push Email

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by tylertech, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. tylertech macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    PushMail is a new app in the App Store, and it creates an email address for you to forward emails to. Any emails forwarded to it will show up as a push notification, so with email accounts like Gmail, you just forward all emails to the address and you'll be instantly notified.

    It's $4.99 but I got it and it's worth it. There are already a few great reviews but the ratings aren't showing right or something. But it's now my favorite app!

    [app]PushMail[/app] in App Store
  2. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    I don't see how anyone would want that. I get a gazillion emails a day to my gmail and other email accounts, and i would NOT want a push notification for every email i received in my email account. My phone would be beeping every minute or two.
  3. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Presumably you'd set up a filter matching on a selected critical e-mails, to be pushed. Although you could do this for a long time with TextFree, so this app doesn't really offer anything fundamentally new.
  4. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
    I like this idea, but just do not want to pay $4.99 for it.

    However, I do really like the fact that I can forward only emails that I want to be pushed. hmmmmmmmm
  5. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    Too expensive for a 0.0 MB iPhone application.
  6. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
    It's a great idea, that can be easily duplicated, hopefully someone will make a $.99 app.
  7. speed12 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2008
    Gpush from Tiverias apps should be released soon. It's been a few weeks since it was submitted but as mailpush seems to hve got through ok, there seems no reason why gpush can't.

    Anyway, I think it's a 59p (99c) app for googlemail access or a bit more (not sure how much) for an app for any imap email provider. It uses imap idle on their server rather than forwarding so is a little different to mailpush....I think.....

    Good article on techcrunch about it.
  8. rendez2k macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, I'm waiting to see if Gpush gets approved first before purchasing anything!
  9. BNZ1 macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2008
    Pretty expensive for a workaround solution. Maybe 4.99 would be ok for a cydia app that enabled imap idle on the phone.
  10. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    You could also set up a free Yahoo email address, that pushes to the iPhone perfectly.
  11. csheath macrumors member

    May 8, 2009
    While Yahoo accounts are free, in my experience it is far from a perfect solution. A quick search shows I'm not alone in finding it very unreliable. I've been using it for almost a year and it's never really improved
  12. ajnicho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2008
    I wouldnt mind paying that if the app was self-contained, meaning I could open up the mail in that app rather than having to open Mail
  13. speed12 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2008
    The point of this app is not actually that its Push email, but that its an instant notification that you have an email.

    Personally I think this is much more useful than push email itself as with push (from Yahoo, MobileMe etc), you get a 'bing' and a icon badge number increase when you get a new email....but is that email worth looking at or shall I read it later? Who knows as you have no idea who its from.

    With mailpush and gpush, you get a notification of who the email is from and the subject and can then choose whether to open mail or not.

    Unfortunately, what both seem to be missing is a button on the notification to either close the message or open up mail (like you do for an SMS)...but apart from that its exactly what I'm looking for anyway!

    One of these will get my money, just waiting to see what happens with gPush first as £2.99 is still quite a bit.
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    While I understand the need and value of this app, the fact that we're again buying apps to give us what the iPhone should have built into it's OS is still ridiculous. I'm sure I'm alone in that feeling though.
  15. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    I've had no problems with Yahoo. I created a Yahoo account and forward my important emails from Gmail to it and it pushes just fine. When I get the alert, I just open up my Gmail and the email downloads. It is essentially the same thing as this app but free and most likely more reliable.
  16. tylertech thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    I'm using this app even though I have MobileMe. The problem I have with forwarding emails like to yahoo or MobileMe is that there's now 2 copies of it out there. So now if it's something I don't care about I'd have to delete it twice.

    I just find this more useful because it's only a notification.
  17. csheath macrumors member

    May 8, 2009
    I wish my experience was the same, I just doesn't push consistently for me, I'll often open up mail and a few mails will download which should have pushed some time ago. I won't deny it works, just wish it was all the time for me. I'm glad everything works for you though, gives me hope it'll work for me eventually
  18. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    so which is it? Does it create a new email address, in which case there are two copies of the message, or is it just a notification?

    Personally, I don't see the big deal with push email. I have mobile me and still use gmail for most things. For work, push is good, but most of the personal email I get is just not that urgent. If someone really needs to get a hold of me, and it's too important to wait the 15 minutes for my iphone to check gmail, then they can always call or text...
  19. tylertech thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    It creates an email address username@dopushmail.com. You forward the email to that address, but it doesn't save the email. It only takes important info from the email, like who it's from, the subject, and part of the message, and shows it as a push notification.
  20. blulegend macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    Why are most people concerned about the gpush program when this one can do the same thing but also with any other email system out there as well? You can have as many email accounts pushed as you like and they don't even need your password.

    It doesn't sound like any of them let you go directly to a website or the built-in mail app either.
  21. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    Because I know myself I wouldn't want to forward to ANOTHER e-mail, with GPush (which I have), it works with my gmail account with no special work. This may be useful for people that have other email accounts beside gmail that they would like to have Push notifications with.

  22. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2009
    yah except gpush went live for a few hours and is now completely offline. i'm using pushmail now and its working perfectly. i don't see the problem with forwarding email when in gpush you have to give your gmail login and password. frankly i don't see the difference if security was your concern.
  23. blulegend macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    What they need to add is the ability to have the app show a count of how many new messages there are. Make it so when you run the app, it either loads mail.app or goes to a website you can specify like gmail.com. They can move the setup to the settings.app area. This way you can ditch the mail.app icon and put this one in its place.

    In comparison, gpush could probably show you an accurate number of unread mails since it has access to your password.
  24. iphoneuser8 macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    Security Problem

    Hey all, doesn't anyone have any fears that this whole pushmail system is pretty much based on the fact that you all are just taking this developer Simon's word that he does not read or store your emails that you are forwarding to him? Yeah he has responded by saying that he does not read or store, but you don't really know this person. Are you willing to just take his word for it? At the end of the day you pretty much just have to trust this complete stranger with forwarding all of your emails to him and/or his server at dopushemail.com. This seems like a mighty risk if you ask me.
  25. tylertech thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Well GPush seems an even bigger security risk since it actually stores your password. At least with this you can just stop forwarding emails when you no longer want to use it.

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