Going on an overseas business trip? An excellent way to stay in the loop when traveling is to tap into the world of mobile E-mail and have new E-mails instantly pushed to your Smartphone.
With overseas data rates at a premium, what are some settings or adjustments that you can make in order to minimize your mobile bill? I recently came back from a trip Down Under myself, and here is a list of what I did.
- Unsubscribe from unnecessary newsletters
- Have a proper spam filtering in place
- Disable HTML E-mail
- Limit the length of message downloaded
By default, BlackBerry devices download only the first chunk of new E-mails. However, BlackBerry users will want to disable Auto More from Options within the Message applet. This will ensure that the rest of the E-mail is not automatically downloaded upon opening the E-mail.
Windows Mobile users have more options available under their ActiveSync Email Settings, and depending on whether HTML E-mail is disabled, have various selections ranging from 0.5 KB to 50 KB or the entire message.
- Download headers only
Sure, this is an extreme measure, but it will probably come in useful if you find yourself getting a sudden large influx of E-mails — from the exhibitors of the trade show you are attending, for example. Based on the sender and the content of the E-mail headers, you can decide whether or not to download the rest of the E-mail.BlackBerry users on BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) can configure a filter to this effect on the BIS configuration page. Window Mobile users can do this by choosing Headers Only from the ActiveSync Email Settings.
I hope that the above tips will help you the next time you travel. In the meantime, feel free to share any suggestions that you may have on configuring your mobile E-mail for an overseas trip.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.