In order to have email pushed to your Blackberry, using the free myFunambol service you will need to do the following:
- Go to my.funambol.com
- Select Sign up.
- Enter in the account information and click Join.
- Click next on account activation page
- You will be prompted to enter in your password for your email address. You will need to do this if you want your email pushed to you.
- The next screen will be the Email set up screen. You will have two options, first to Continue or I didn’t receive an SMS message.
1. If you received the SMS message, click Continue and then go to your phone and open up the text message. In the text message will be a link to download a file.
2. If you did not receive the SMS text message, select I didn’t receive an SMS message and you will go to a screen with a URL that you will need to enter into your Blackberry browser to download the software.
- Once, the software is downloaded, select Yes at the bottom of the screen
- You will be taken to a Setup completed screen with some information on setting up Blackberry depending on the Blackberry configuration. Click Continue
- You will then, be taken to your Profile screen that will ask for your name. You can change you phone type and phone number in the profile page and turn on/off the push features.
- On the phone once, the software is installed, you may need to enter in your myFunambol portal account information. You will need to enter your username and password for the myFunambol portal, not your RightMX account information. Once, this is complete you will be able to send and receive email through the funambol client.
What is Push Email?
Push email utilizes a mail delivery system with real-time capability to “push” email through to the client as soon as it arrives, rather than requiring the client to poll and collect or pull mail manually. With a push email smartphone, for example, the client’s mailbox is constantly updated with arriving email without user intervention. Smartphones announce new mail arrival with an alert.
Push email differs from conventional email systems that are “pull” oriented. Usually, when email is sent, it arrives at the recipient’s Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) mail server, where it is held for collection. It might instead arrive at a website server, if the email is Web-based. Either way, email remains on the mail server until the recipient uses an email program to poll the mail server. If new mail is present, the email client “pulls” the mail to the client’s computer. The difference between this scheme and push email is that, with push email, the mail is pushed through to the client without waiting for polling.
Push email can be somewhat simulated using an email client set to frequently poll for new mail. However, this requires the email client to be open and running and is less efficient. Polling involves “handshaking” between the client software and the mail server. If the server is busy, the delay in completing the handshake can lengthen, causing the client to time out.
Therefore, polling should not be set so frequently as to cause premature time out errors. To prevent this, one must increase the delay between polling times. In many cases, a minute or two delay between “pull email” and push email schemes may not matter, but in some cases, a minute can make all the difference. Push email can be especially crucial to field reporters, stock market businessmen and other professionals for whom time is of the essence. A one-minute delay can make all the difference in breaking a story, losing money, or making a crucial sale.
BlackBerry was the first personal digital assistant (PDA) to offer push email and gained near-instant success as a result. Today, many devices have incorporated push email, and its popularity continues to grow. Some of the products that have incorporated push email include Chatteremail for Treo, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email, Roadsync, and Sony Ericsson phones.