A bit back we shared with you a list that RIM provided of webmail accounts that give you real time delivery with BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service). RIM has been kind enough to also adds some more information in a nice and easy to digest chart that shows you the email reconciliation features. This breaks it down by email type/service and what features you get with each. Very useful if you are tying to decide which features you care about most. Real time delivery, two way read/unread reconciliation, saving sent items, wireless deletion… This just lays it out straight by comparing them across BIS and BES.
|Source||Wireless Deletion||Save Sent Items||Wireless read/unread status|
|Microsoft Outlook Web Access||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Microsoft Exchange (BES)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|IBM Lotus Domino (BES)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Windows Live Hotmail or MSN||No||Yes||No|
|Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3)||Yes||N/A||N/A|
|Internet Message Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4)||Yes||Yes, in some cases||Yes|
So far it looks like Yahoo Mail or Outlook Web Access seem to be the best options since Gmail does not have the Wireless read/unread option. The thing that I cannot understand is how RIM manages to do wireless read/unread with regular IMAP4 but cannot do it with Gmail… I know Gmail is setup a little different but I am sure it is possible.