Configuring e-mail on your Nokia 3650

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Nat Torkington
Oct. 03, 2003 12:17 PM
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My shiny new Nokia 3650 arrived yesterday and I've been playing with it ever since. I'll blog my progress to help those who follow in my footsteps. Today: configuring email ...

As with all email programs, the Messaging application on your 3650 needs to know how to get email and how to send it. Messaging keeps all these settings together and calls them a mailbox. You can have multiple mailboxes set up, and switch between them, for example to be able to read and send from your personal address as well as your work address. To tell Messaging about a mailbox, go to Messaging > Options > Settings > E-mail > Mailboxes > Options; New Mailbox.

This configuration screen contains the following fields: "Mailbox name", "Access point in use", "My mail address", "Outgoing mail server", "Send message", "Send copy to self", "Include signature", "User name", "Password", "Incoming mail server", "Mailbox type", "Security". If you select a Mailbox type of "IMAP" (the default) there are extra options for "Retrieve attachment", "Retrieve headers"; if you select "POP3" Mailbox type, there is one extra option for "APOP secure login".

The Mailbox name is how the mailbox appears in the Messenger application. I called mine "gnat", but if you are planning to check multiple accounts from your phone then you might want to call them "work" and "home", for example. This doesn't have to be related in any way to the username you provide to check your email.

The Access point in use says how to connect to the Internet. I'm unclear on the meaning of the specific values, so I welcome comments that explain it. To get my mailbox working, I had the choice of "MMS" and "T-zones". I chose "MMS" because I didn't pay T-Mobile for T-zones and I am wary that I'll end up with a big bill if I choose T-zones. Again, if you can help clarify this, please leave a comment below.

The My mail address value is used on the From: line of outgoing mail. In theory you can masquerade as pope@vatican.va if you want, but be nice and provide your real email address. I created a special email account for my phone, so I set this to be that address.

Outgoing mail server is the name of an SMTP-speaking mail server you're allowed to connect to and send mail through. You'll have to use your service provider's email relay, because everyone else will forbid you from connecting. I signed up with T-Mobile, so I gave the address I found on this page: myemail.t-mobile.com. You probably can't just plug your ISP's mail server in here, because your phone will be indistinguishable from a spammer forging a From address. This may not be true if your ISP supports authenticated connections to the SMTP server, but I didn't set up such a server to test this with.

"Send message" controls whether to send the message the instant you hit "Send", or whether the message should be queued on your phone for a while. I bought the unlimited data service, so I thought "the heck with it" and set it to "Immediately" rather than the default "During next conn.".

"Send copy to self" sends copies to the My mail address value. I chose "no", because I'd end up sending copies of the messages to the mailbox, then downloading them the next time I checked my mail on the phone.

"Include signature" lets you specify a signature at the bottom of outgoing messages. Life's too short for signatures, so I chose "no". If you choose "yes", the phone prompts you for a signature.

"User name" and "Password" are your POP3 or IMAP username and password. "Incoming mail server" is the IP address or hostname of your POP3 or IMAP server (e.g., pop.example.com). I tried to configure these to be able to send mail but not have a POP or IMAP account, but it appears that although username and password are optional, the Messaging application will always try to fetch mail and won't send mail before it connects to the incoming mailbox.

"Mailbox type" is either IMAP or POP3 depending on what your ISP has set up. In my case it was POP3. I chose "no" for the POP3 option "Security" (which I think means an SSL connection to the POP server, but I'm not sure--it wouldn't work with my server if I set this option to "yes") and "yes" to the "APOP secure login".

Rael has been playing with IMAP (he really wants to read his O'Reilly mail on his phone--I think he's crazy :-), so he may have more information on the IMAP-specific options.

I sent a simple test message to myself, and it came through. I could even attach photos, and they came through as JPEGs in a well-formatted MIME message.

A tip for sending mail to lots of people: separate names in the To: and CC: line with semicolons, not the commas you're used to seeing in real e-mail.

--Nat

Nat Torkington is conference planner for the Open Source Convention, OSCON Europe, and other O'Reilly conferences. He was project manager for Perl 6, is on the board of The Perl Foundation, and is a frequent speaker on open source topics. He cowrote the bestselling Perl Cookbook.

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