Why You Need an HTML E-mail Program for Blackberry
If you want to be able to read your HTML e-mail on the go with your Blackberry, you're going to need an HTML e-mail program for Blackberry. Your phone, unfortunately, won't be able to do it on its own. Instead, you'll be greeted by ugly URL and HTML code that you won't want to try to decipher.
With your HTML program, you'll get to "get" your friends' moods when they insert smileys, for example (you can see them rather than code!), you can enjoy images you would otherwise have to wait until later to view, you can enjoy the ease of links, and more. What's not to love about fully functional e-mail--on your phone?
Available E-mail Programs
There are a few spots online to check out in your pursuit for the ideal HTML e-mail program for your phone. Here are a couple of the most popular programs you can get for your Blackberry, plus where to find them:
The three links you'll be interested in when it comes to getting Empower for your phone are as follows:
One important factor right off the bat with this program is that you can try it for free (the standard version is $9.99 and the PRO edition is $29.99). You also have the option to separate your work and personal e-mails if you really depend on your phone to do it all-manage work and play.
The standard edition allows you to enjoy the following:
- No setup
- Hyperlinks you can actually read
- Images and smileys
- Customization options so your e-mail will look how you like it to
- Works with OS 4.0, 4.1 & 4.2
The PRO edition offers the following perks:
- It's fast!
- Add tasks and appointments
- Wifi support
- Detects signature blocks, inline text replies, and the best connection settings
- Works with OS 4.1 and above.
BBSmart E-mail Viewer
This one also has a free trial available. It works with OS v4.0.2 and up. Don't forget your data plan, either; you'll need that in order to utilize the e-mail viewer. If you visit Blackberry Smart you can find out more and get your free trial or permanent download. If you choose to download it, the cost is $29.95.Here are some of the things you get with BBSmart E-mail Viewer:
- Customization options for fonts, backgrounds, and more
- Viewable images
- No setup
- Integrates right in with the existing e-mail program on your phone
- Hyperlinks become readable
- You can add your business e-mail signature or whatever you'd like to your outgoing messages
- Add tasks to your calendar
- Use SmartNotes with your e-mail messages
The Ups and Downs of HTML
Debatably, the only con to downloading an HTML e-mail program to your Blackberry is the cost. Even that's not so bad. You can go as low as $9.99 if you'd like, though there are options out there for around $30.00 that will give you more bells and whistles. Pros to having HTML e-mail were mentioned above to include clearer e-mail messages, smileys, images, and more. You don't have to sort through a jumble of symbols and codes just to read a message. So if you value your smileys, your hyperlinks, and your e-mails' readability, you may want to opt for an HTML program that will serve you and your Blackberry well.
For more information about either e-mail service and to read Blackberry users' results with the programs, check out the Blackberry Forums. There is a thread there titled "Empower vs. BBSmart" which may give you even more insight into the workings of both.