Email on the move
Callan Jefferson Davies
callan at cruzn.net.au
Sun Nov 28 08:57:56 GMT 2010
> Further to my request re email on the move - if I can collect/send email
> via a USB modem is there some way to preview what is held at my ISP so I
> can selectively download only those I want at the time.
> In Windows desktop I do this with Mail Washer - however although I can
> load it onto Ubuntu it does not recognise the Evolution mail prog.
Thought I'd chime in with my advice about Email on the move.
(1) GETTING ONLINE
You need to subscribe to a 3G mobile broadband service. Typically these
are provided with a USB "stick" modem. But remember, you need to check
the model you're getting to make sure it'll work with Ubuntu. I work for
a local Adelaide ISP, we have a 3G service that uses the Optus network.
The sticks are the Huawei E160 or E169, they both seem to work in Ubuntu
One other option that may be cool, is one of the new travel 3G routers
from Netcomm. I recently bought the 3GT1WN - I just plug my mobile
broadband "stick" in the side, it runs off a battery (or mains), and it
provides Internet to my laptop via local wifi. Very cool, particularly
if you have multiple devices ... eg in my case a laptop + an iPad.
There's a similar model there too, that instead of plugging the stick
in, you put a sim card in directly.
I chose the one that uses the stick, as the stick has a spot for an
external antenna, say from www.rfshop.com.au. I recently drove to
country Victoria with the Netcomm router in the boot, running off
battery of course, connected to my external antenna which has a magnet
and was stuck to the roof of my car. Internet at 100Km/h was sketchy,
but was fine the moment the car stopped.
You might want to ask your ISP if they have a "webmail" area, where you
can just get your emails from their website. This way you look at only
what you want to look at.
The other option would be to just download everything, surely you can't
have THAT much mail, the download caps on mobile sticks these days are
If you use Webmail, the problem is that you have to be online all the
time to read your mail.
Whereas if you just use Evolution (or Thunderbird) to download the lot,
you can then disconnect the stick and read the mail at your own leisure
- you don't have to be online at the time.
Hope all this helps!
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