I got an idea for a new third party application that I wish somebody would develop. I will dub it “undelete” for simplicity. The idea would be an application that would allow you to undelete emails that you accidentally deleted on your BlackBerry.
Personally I know this is partly my fault because I chose the menu option to not confirm the deletion of an email. Personally I just found that feature annoying and an extra step. The problem is that I sometimes press the delete key one two many times and lose an email that I really need.
On a desktop or web email client this would not be a problem. I would be able to just go to the “deleted items” folder and move it back to the inbox. On the BlackBerry this is impossible even if you are on a BES. Something that has always bothered me. You can view the “deleted items” folder on the BES but you wont find the email you just deleted there.
So I have to ask has anybody found a solution to this? I tried one setting up the BES to sync the “deleted items” folder along with the Inbox but this cause quite a few problems. Also this does not help for my BIS accounts.
I have two proposed solutions to this problem that I hope some developer will listen to if such things are possible. If not I think RIM could pick this up as a simple extra feature.
- My first proposed solution would be to offer a 15 minute or so leeway between when you hit the delete button until the item is actually deleted. This could also move the email to a different folder so that you can recover it quickly.
- The second idea would be something like RIM’s retention of old emails. Just like you can set how long your BlackBerry will keep items in the inbox maybe developers could set a way to keep deleted items on your BlackBerry for 3–5 days.
I know both solutions are very similar but I can’t count how many times I have deleted emails I really needed on the road with no way to recover them until I got to a desktop.
Anybody have any idea?