How to: resolve email overload
WHEN you are gazing into your 2011 future, you might resolve to lose weight, learn Spanish or be nicer to those who annoy you. Or, more realistically, you could resolve to wrest back control of your overfilled, out-of-control inbox. Here are three solutions that could help you manage the messaging hoard.
IF YOU can use this service, you should. IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol and you’ll see it listed as an option when you set up your email program. Rather than just downloading copies of your messages, this system lets you delete them from the server on which they are stored. As a result, you can tidy your inbox using your smartphone and see the results later when using your computer.
Few internet service providers offer this service, but some offer upgrades.
THE original smartphone still handles email like no other.
RIM’s devices deliver messages as they arrive and let you reply just as quickly thanks to qwerty keyboards. However, if you’re not ready to commit to a BlackBerry fulltime, there are options.
Several carriers offer low-cost, prepaid BlackBerrys and two companies offer prepaid BlackBerry SIM-only plans, so you can use an abandoned smartphone. Vodafone’s contract-free BlackBerry SIM plan costs $35 a month, while Crazy John’s is offering six months of access for $29.
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ADDING another email account to your collection might seem counter-intuitive, but Google’s mail solution could help you control them all. Messages can be forwarded from different accounts to your free Gmail address and you can appear to send email from those accounts too.
After registering other email addresses in Gmail’s Accounts and Imports menu, you can choose to send email from those addresses using a drop-down menu.