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Q: hotmail with pocket pc ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: hotmail with pocket pc
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: argy345-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 16 Nov 2004 01:48 PST
Expires: 16 Dec 2004 01:48 PST
Question ID: 429618
how do configure the inbox program on my my HP Ipaq to work with
hotmail?  I don't know what to put in the server name boxes.

Request for Question Clarification by aht-ga on 16 Nov 2004 08:46 PST

Hotmail is not supported by the Pocket Inbox e-mail application on
your HP Ipaq. Hotmail does not use the traditional SMTP and POP3 or
IMAP servers that Inbox is designed to work with. Instead, it uses a
web interface. You can access hotmail through Pocket Internet
Explorer, or you can purchase third-party software to 'bridge' between
the web interface of Hotmail and the text interface of Pocket Inbox.
Software that is designed for accessing Hotmail using Inbox in Pocket
PC 2002 is available from many Pocket PC software sites for US$5.00.

If you would like, I can provide you links to this third-party
software as an Answer; please let me know.


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Clarification of Question by argy345-ga on 16 Nov 2004 10:02 PST
Dear aht-ga,

You are brilliant!  Yes, please provide me the link as an answer.  Thanks!
Subject: Re: hotmail with pocket pc
Answered By: aht-ga on 16 Nov 2004 19:34 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The name of the third-party add-on software is Pocket Hotmail (well,
it does describe its function pretty good...). You can read about it
from the developer's website, here:

You can also find links to online PPC software stores that sell the program, here:

Note that there is a trial version of the software available to try
before you buy, and you can find links to download the trial version
from the online stores.

Note also that there is a beta version available on the developer's
website, that has much better support for Windows Mobile 2003 / Pocket
PC 2003. If your HP iPaq has Pocket PC 2003 instead of Pocket PC 2002,
then try downloading and installing the beta version instead:

I personally have a Dell Axim running PPC2003; this beta version works
quite well. There are a lot of tips on troubleshooting installation
problems, located on the developer's website:

In my case, even after I installed it I had to tweak a few settings to
get it to download my e-mails. In particular, after following all of
the instructions to install the software, I then had to tweak a
hard-to-find setting in Tools>Manage Folders, highlight 'Inbox', then
Tools>Options to increase the display setting from '0 Days' to '7
Days' so that I could see my e-mails. This last bit will only make
sense after you install the software, of course.

I hope that this software works for you; I sure like it.


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argy345-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Exactly what I needed to know and couldn't find out from anyone.  Thanks!

Subject: Re: hotmail with pocket pc
From: aht-ga on 18 Nov 2004 11:15 PST

Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft wants to
spoil our fun with e-mail.

MSN Hotmail announced earlier this year that they would be
discontinuing 'free' access to Hotmail using anything other than an
active web browser session. They had mentioned that existing users of
the non-browser, WebDAV-based approach would be allowed to continue
using this until some time in early 2005. Their justification for
making WebDAV access a paid service (available only to those who
subscribe to a premium Hotmail class of service) is that the approach
was being abused by spammers to send mass mails through automated
programs. Why they didn't consider just limiting the number of
messages that can be sent through WebDAV in a day, I don't know.

Anyway, they've just applied this restriction to my Hotmail account,
and now all of my alternate means of accessing my Hotmail account,
including Pocket Hotmail, have ceased to work. This also includes my
preferred mail program, Mailwasher Pro. The only way for me to
continue using these tools as is will be to subscribe and pay for an
upgraded class of Hotmail service.

I tell you this so that when MS gets around to restricting your
Hotmail account, you'll understand why Pocket Hotmail ceases to work.
If I come across an alternative, I'll let you know.


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Subject: Re: hotmail with pocket pc
From: argy345-ga on 18 Nov 2004 11:49 PST
Dear aht-ga,

Thanks for the clarification.  I decided to migrate to yahoo which
works fine with my pocket pc.


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