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    Default Get work email (Outlook/Exchange) on iPhone without using Exchange

    Hi all,

    My work allows us to directly access our email via Exchange. We are running Outlook 2003 on our work PCs (yes I know it's shit). The problem is that on my iPhone, I already use Exchange for Calendar and Contacts syncing through Google Sync. I don't have it set up for Mail syncing however.

    Now, because the iPhone only allows one Exchange account set up at one time, I can't add in another account for my work email.

    Is there some way that I can get my work email on the iPhone that doesn't require setting up a new Exchange account?

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    It's as clumsy as all heck, but perhaps via OWA in Safari?
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    Is the Exchange server set up with POP/IMAP access enabled?

    Connecting POP And IMAP Clients To MS Exchange Server

    How to Configure IMAP4 Access to Exchange 2003 Servers

    You'd miss out on push email, but at least you'd have access to them. Good luck!
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    Half the battle will always be getting work to turn on things they don't already support (at least it is at my work).

    Plan A might be to migrate your calendar and contacts to your work exchange setup, define a seperate group for your personal contacts and away you go (you can also define your private calendar stuff as private).

    Plan B if exchange supports IMAP you may be able to setup email access that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hawk View Post
    Half the battle will always be getting work to turn on things they don't already support (at least it is at my work).
    Hence why I'm stuck with OWA!
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    The web interface is fine for emergencies, but as you said, clumsy as all hell for day to day use.

    Beau, I actually don't want/need push, so that's fine. I'll have to ask our IT fellas about setting up IMAP support on Monday. Thanks guys.

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    IMAP and SMTP support. Calendar can be synced over the cable with iTunes, and works surprisingly well. Its slightly annoying that it won't sync over the air.

    Also, if you want to use it while connected to the internet (ie, not using the office WLAN), the Exchange server will need to be exposed to the internet, or they'll need to set you up with VPN access that the iPhone supports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaempyr View Post
    Hence why I'm stuck with OWA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hawk View Post
    Consider yourself lucky, we use Groupwise.
    Same here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hawk View Post
    Consider yourself lucky, we use Groupwise.
    I was just about to say that. I like groupwise in some ways but the only way I can access it outside work is in Safari via the web client.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyte View Post
    I was just about to say that. I like groupwise in some ways but the only way I can access it outside work is in Safari via the web client.
    The webclient isn't all that crash hot, although it does seem to have a mobile version isn't isn't the worst I have used on an iPhone. (when it works).
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    Ok, so I have got the IT guys onto this at work, and they've set up POP access. The problem now is that emails I have read on my work computer are coming up as unread on the iPhone. My understanding is that this happens with POP. So I then asked the guy if it was too much trouble to try and set up IMAP instead - and he has just replied saying that you would get the same problem using IMAP. Is there something I'm missing here or is he just wrong?

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    shouldnt be, i have personal domains on IMAP, and if its read on the phone, its read when I get home

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    saying that you would get the same problem using IMAP. Is there something I'm missing here or is he just wrong?
    He is part right part wrong.

    When using POP, your iPhone is effectively downloading a NEW copy of each message in your inbox. Once the message is downloaded, there are no further communications between the phone and Exchange Server

    When using IMAP however, your iPhone keeps IN SYNC with the Exchange server. That means that it mimics everything about your Exchange mailbox, including whether messages are read or not. IMAP is essentially the same as the exchange sync except that it doesn't have push (you can only check every 15 minutes).

    If your IT guy sets up IMAP for you, it will work just as though you had Exchange on your iPhone linked to work (instead of Google Sync) except there are no push features (oh and you wont get calendar and contacts but you do those over the wire anyway).

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    A work account was recently moved to an exchange server. I used to use IMAP to check on my Mac's and iPhone. I have my email accounts set up to sync via iTunes.

    If there is IMAP support on the exchange server, how do I add a new account to my iPhone without adding another account (i.e. doubling up in mail)?? There is no means to add another account on the iPhone only the refresh and compose buttons are visible...

    [I am not wanting push notifications]

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    Look under "settings" then "mail", that's where you make new accounts

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    (edit) I didn't answer the question, but this might be useful for someone else anyway...

    I got my wife's iPhone up and running by pointing it at her OWA address with /oma (outlook mobile access) on the end. It works perfectly, even though iPhones are banned at her work.

    eg OWA webmail is webmail.apac.companydomain.com

    I entered webmail.apac.companydomain.com/oma

    As for the IMAP side of things, I do the same there for multiple exchange accounts.
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