How to Get Emails Instantaneously On Your BlackBerry

June 15, 2009  

I’ve been using a BlackBerry for many years now.  It has always annoyed me that it takes 15 minutes for emails to arrive when using a pop3 email account.  Today I figured out a way to get all emails on my BB instantaneously, even when using a pop3 account and not using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. And it was so simple.

All T-Mobile BlackBerrys come with one dedicated BB email address (  Emails sent to this address arrive immediately on the phone.  I assume other carriers have a similar email account.

Instead of having my BlackBerry retrieve emails from my pop3 accounts, I now have my pop3 accounts send a copy of every email to my account. As far as I can tell, everything functions exactly the same as before…except now the emails arrive instantaneously.

Although I believe there are more sophisticated ways of doing this (e.g., using IMAP instead of pop3), I found this to be a very simple solution.

I thought I kicked the CrackBerry addiction, but I guess some habits are hard to break.

If you have other BlackBerry tips, please share them.

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  1. Shari Harley on June 21st, 2009 1:19 am

    Nice! Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

  2. Pat Shaughnessy on July 8th, 2009 1:27 pm

    I am doing the same thing with my BB on verizon, the running joke is:
    “It’s so fast, mail arrives before it’s sent!”