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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. GTOpilot's Avatar
      GTOpilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post

      Generally, I don't use apps on my iPhone / iPod Touch much
      This line caught my attention. May I ask why? Something you know that I/We dont?
    1. supershick's Avatar
      supershick -
      PM- in for one =P
    1. HayWire's Avatar
      HayWire -
      PM- This would make a nice birthday present from Modmyi!
    1. jrod_15's Avatar
      jrod_15 -
      PM- finally this should be a great app
    1. jhotboy3000's Avatar
      jhotboy3000 -
      PM- Sounds good
    1. diem0n's Avatar
      diem0n -
      PM- yeah, this is the answer to apple's mobileme
    1. studythetruth's Avatar
      studythetruth -
      PM- Such a rad app.
    1. SunnyBwoy's Avatar
      SunnyBwoy -
      PM- this is awesome lol
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      the article said that it could be used with hotmail...i tried, hotmail will only let you forward emails using their accounts....or am i missing something. Just paid 5 dollars for an app...that's only good for me in regard to hotmail...erggg!

    1. fkna's Avatar
      fkna -
      PM- I've been waiting for this so long.
    1. mckaytayl0r's Avatar
      mckaytayl0r -
      PM- looks good enough to try
    1. allegiance2me's Avatar
      allegiance2me -
      PM- awesome!!! I have been waiting for something like this
    1. SpecialJ12's Avatar
      SpecialJ12 -
      PM- Sweet! Count me in!
    1. LarryInAz's Avatar
      LarryInAz -
      I'm curious how this is different then GPush?
      I personally thing $4.99 is alot for this type of app, I think they'd make it up in volume if they sold it for $1.99 which would be more of an impulse buy for most folks.

      PM - I'd love to win a copy to find out if it's the end all be all though.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      PM - I have turned off mail fetching lately to save battery life, and I really miss getting to check my emails all the time. It would be great if I could try this out, but my push notifications don't always work and I wouldn't want to spend money on an application that might not work.
    1. brodie01's Avatar
      brodie01 -
      PM - Cool.
    1. moped55's Avatar
      moped55 -
      PM- great! Been waiting for this!
    1. bobsco's Avatar
      bobsco -
      Question here.....besides the price, could we not just forward all of our email acct;'s to a mobileme acct the same way we would forward to the dupushemail.com acct?
    1. jcop's Avatar
      jcop -
      PM- looks useful, fingers crossed
    1. lumigoqui12's Avatar
      lumigoqui12 -
      PM- Great News! Been waiting for this for a long time!