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  • PushMail, Fulfill your 'Push' e-mail needs (GIVEAWAY ENDED!)

    PushMail is a new app available on the AppStore, created by a developer named Simon Patarin. Generally, I don't use apps on my iPhone / iPod Touch much but this one with it's nice and simple productivity features surprised me.

    The app does one thing, and does it well - gives you a PUSH notification whenever you receive a new e-mail. For infinite number of e-mail addresses on any server - Hotmail, GMail, UNIX or even your company's private one (like @modmyi.com). There's no lengthy setup either! The Push feature in the app has been implemented in an intelligent way, not new, but feels fresher than other Push mail apps in the store.

    When you first open the app, you enter in a username and a password for a NEW e-mail account. After you're done, all you have to do is set-up all your desired e-mail addresses to forward a copy (NOT the original!) of any e-mail to yourusername@dopushmail.com. In web mails like GMail you can even set a filter on what to forward, like preventing any e-mails from your bank to be forwarded. Now, the problem here for most of you must be security. The developer ensures that the e-mail is kept on their server ONLY until a push notification is created and is then deleted. Even better, you don't have to put any credentials for your other e-mail accounts! Simon does give another pretty good logic regarding the security problems.

    The mails you forward to the dopushmail server are sent in clear, sure, but that's exactly what they did to reach your own mail provider in the first place, so that does not change the overall security of the system.
    The developer also provides with the set-up instructions on the app's webpage if you have a GMail account or UNIX-based address.

    The only question is how much can you depend on its efficiency? Well, you can't stake your life on it, but can't blame the developer for it... in fact, all failure can be from Apple's side ONLY or if you don't have an active/fast connection. It also does depend if you're on 3G / EDGE or GPRS because notification on Wi-Fi is instantaneous - to be more accurate, notification was received in about 2 seconds of receiving an e-mail on my 2 MBPS connection. Another simple issue with the current version which can be improved in future is if you have multiple addresses forwarding your e-mail to the app, you won't know from which address it comes.

    If you really believe that you need to be informed about e-mails 24x7 without sitting on your computer, checking it all the time then this app is meant for you and won't really hurt at $4.99 though it does get a bit up there! Buy it from AppStore here (iTunes Link).

    For those still skeptical, Simon's been nice enough to provide with TEN promo codes for a giveaway! If you want to win ONE of the TEN, just leave a comment below in the format "PM- Your comment". You're good to go if you have a US iTunes account - blame Apple, not us. If you don't put the 'PM-' in there, you won't be entered... This giveaway ends on 18th August at <s>5 pm</s> 4:30 pm GMT. The winners will be announced within 24 hours after the giveaway ends.

    P.S. Apple's implementation of PUSH Notification is poor, so you will be notified only of the latest e-mail out of all your e-mail accounts.

    The contest has officially ended and the winners are supershick, GHOSTYAIRO, fsdpmc, nwcorey, Nickfranco5, billchase2, skb875, agent005, operate and DarkDragonAn

    UPDATE: The code received by each in the first PM is an expired one. I've sent the replacement to all in second PM.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PushMail, Fulfill your 'Push' e-mail needs (GIVEAWAY INSIDE!) started by sayam View original post
    Comments 302 Comments
    1. perimbean's Avatar
      perimbean -
      PM - Great Software! Great Engineering!
    1. fattylumpkin's Avatar
      fattylumpkin -
      PM- Thanks. I like to give this a shot.
    1. techgirl's Avatar
      techgirl -
      I like Growl for notifications. I thought we had push mail? No?
    1. MacDevil7334's Avatar
      MacDevil7334 -
      PM- Looks great!
    1. Nepptune77's Avatar
      Nepptune77 -
      PM- Ahh, push it. Yeah, push it real good. P-push it real good!
    1. iPhoneMuscle's Avatar
      iPhoneMuscle -
      PM- Hell yeah i want this!!!!
    1. cptzep's Avatar
      cptzep -
      PM - this will be really useful .. great thanks, cptzep
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      PM - cool let me know when i win
    1. chbearsrock's Avatar
      chbearsrock -
      PM - I'd love this over just gpush.
    1. tmiphone's Avatar
      tmiphone -
      PM- I want this. Thanks
    1. nwcorey's Avatar
      nwcorey -
      PM- This sounds great count me in.
    1. jguest's Avatar
      jguest -
      PM- I'd like to give this a go
    1. jmnorton82's Avatar
      jmnorton82 -
      Been waiting for something like this to come out. love to get it for free
    1. loco's Avatar
      loco -
      PM- Awesome!
    1. pabloescobar's Avatar
      pabloescobar -
      PM- Sounds cool, count me in
    1. ddfilms's Avatar
      ddfilms -
      PM- I gotta get this one! Looks great
    1. csworrell's Avatar
      csworrell -
      PM- this application was made by Jesus .
    1. stingray88's Avatar
      stingray88 -
      PM- Might have to buy it anyway...
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      PM- Hell I am in.
    1. 360boi's Avatar
      360boi -
      PM- I want this app