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Managing e-mail on your Blackberry … block it all

by Tris Hussey on October 23rd, 2006

Huh?  Isn’t the whole point of having a Blackberry getting e-mail on the go?  Yes.  The problem is that if you let all the e-mail through, your Berry might be pinging (or whatever your alert sound is) all the time.  At first I just tried routing everything through GMail and that worked pretty well.  Then I realized that I didn’t really need to receive some e-mails on my Berry.  Mailing lists, other notices (like comments), things that I didn’t need to know immediately or I couldn’t do anything about until I got to a computer.  So I started filtering out those e-mails.  The Blackberry website that Telus provides makes it really easy.  The thing was though, I was still getting too much e-mail (IMHO).  Spam, and other stuff … hey I’m paying for this!  So I turned off all my e-mail to my Berry.  Yep, set the default on the filters to be send nothing.  Then came the fun part.  I just created filters to allow people I wanted to get e-mail on my Berry.

It might seem like a lot of work, but it really isn’t.  Checking the rest of my e-mail is as easy as going to GMail mobile (which works pretty well on my Berry).  Look I love my Berry.  I love the data access and that it’s an EVDO modem when I need it.  I don’t want to max out my data allotment on e-mail I don’t care about.  Simple as that.

I know that Scot has a Treo (I think) … does the same thing apply to you Scot?

Update: Be very careful when editing your filters.  I goofed yesterday and somehow wound up over-riding my block all filter so my Berry was getting all e-mail and I couldn’t figure out why.  I think one of the filters had something stupid in it so I deleted them all, had it sit with none for a bit (to make sure no e-mail got through) then re-added slowly.

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3 opinions for Managing e-mail on your Blackberry … block it all

  • pimpyourwork.com » Blog Archive » Google releases Gmail for mobile devices. A must download for Gmail users!
    Nov 2, 2020 at 10:46 am

    […] As a heavy user of Gmail on my Blackberry, remember I filter my messages and read a lot of my mail in Gmail through the browser, I jumped on this right away.  I quickly grabbed my Berry and loaded it right up.  Holey smokes is it cool!  It’s just like Gmail in your browser!  The collapsible threads, marking spam, and it’s fast. […]

  • Mary Jo
    Nov 13, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    This has been one of the big issues in my wanting — but not yet getting — a Blackberry. Now you’ve given me some food for thought when I next go shopping for a phone/PDA.

  • Tris Hussey
    Nov 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Mary Jo … thank you. I think more cell companies should help people like this. Having people cancel account because the data charges are too much is just not good business. Keep them as customers by helping them keep costs under control makes sense to me.

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