Using mobile me can I still use my pop account

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by davidlw, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. davidlw macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2008
    If I use Mobile Me and start using the Mobile Me email account will I still be able to use my pop account? All of my customers still know my pop account. Someone said that I can have the pop account rerouted to the mobile me somehow.
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    All you can do is forward your e-mail to the mobileme account, but then they'd get a reply from the mobileme account. Not ideal, so I don't suggest that.

    What mobile me CAN do is keep your address book and iCal in sync between your computer and your iPhone. Then, just ignore the mobileme e-mail and use the POP e-mail account on the iPhone, accessing the Apple Address book for contacts.

    You're missing the "push" feature then, but it's probably your best solution.

    The only other improvement I can think of is finding a way to turn the POP account into an IMAP account. It wouldn't push, but at least it would sync with your desktop then in terms of what you've read and what you haven't.

    Any chance of that? If not, can you move your address to a different web host that does support it?
  3. davidlw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2008
    Looks like the easiest thing for me to do is just gradually tell all of my customers the my new address is mobile me. I should be able to still get and use pop it just won't be push is that right?
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Is your mobile phone an iPhone? If so, I strongly recommend going the IMAP account. Also, hopefully you don't have a gazillion customers, b/c I know my friends still haven't changed to my new email address, and that's been over (7) months.
  5. davidlw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2008
    OK I am stupid, what is IMAP account. Where do you get it and how much does it cost? Yes I have about 1000 accounts to deal with so it is a fairly big deal. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    No, you're not stupid.

    The most noticeable difference between POP and IMAP is that POP3 downloads the messages onto the phone/computer. If you delete any messages on the phone/computer, then log into your email through a web browser, you'd see that the message is still there. IMAP keeps it kind of in sync, so if you delete from the phone/computer, it also deletes from the server.
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    What is IMAP?

    IMAP, or Internet Message Access Protocol, lets you download messages from Gmail's servers onto your computer so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook Express or Apple Mail, even when you aren't connected to the Internet.

    IMAP creates a constant connection between mail clients (desktop and/or mobile) and Gmail.

    What's the difference between IMAP and POP?

    Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your web Gmail and your email client(s). This means when you log in to Gmail using a web browser, actions you perform on email clients and mobile devices (ex: putting mail in a 'work' folder) will instantly and automatically appear in Gmail (ex: it will already have a 'work' label on that email).

    In addition, IMAP provides a better method to access your mail from multiple devices. If you check your email at work, on your mobile phone, and again at home, IMAP ensures that new mail is accessible from any device at any given time.

    Finally, IMAP offers a more stable experience overall. Whereas POP is prone to losing messages or downloading the same messages multiple times, IMAP avoids this through its two-way syncing capabilities between your mail clients and your web Gmail.

    If you're trying to decide between using POP and using IMAP with Gmail, we recommend IMAP.

    How much does IMAP cost? IMAP for Gmail is free.

    Gmail is just one of the accounts that I use IMAP with; there are many others.
  8. consumedsoul macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008
    Add your POP account as an additional mailbox on your mobileme account (you can do this w/ the .mac account right now, I assume the feature will be retained when mobileme is active), then add your POP account as an additional mailbox in your mail client (e.g. mail, etc.) and configure to send as the POP acct.

  9. Siron macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the tip on that - I just added one of my BellSouth emails. Unfortunately they only allow one POP account. I have several (including one for my business).
  10. alexacker macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    And that, right there, is the problem for me. My wife and I both have an iPhone 3GS and a 24" iMac. If I move messages to Trash on the iPhone and empty trash (so it's nice and tidy :) then it deletes it from the iMac too. I've had to ask friends, clients, vendors re-send e-mails so I changed both accounts back to an old-school POP account this morning. Yes, it doesn't take advantage of Push but Push drags on iPhone battery anyway. And, more importantly, I don't have to worry about losing data anymore.

    Also, I've used (now MobileMe) since day 1 and I believe it was a POP account when it originally launched. When we upgraded to the new iMac last month and the new iPhone 3GS last week, I think the auto setup puts you directly into an imap account unless you manually set it up for POP. Also, MobileMe makes you chat with MobileMe Support to have them enable POP3 access. Which took up 15 mins of my life this morning (not bad, I guess).

    Can anyone confirm if the old was originally a POP account or was it always imap? My old mac (1st dual G5) tower died a month ago so I can't confirm.

    There's my 2 cents.

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