Chapter 12

The Email Must Get Through

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Setting up your accounts

check Reading and managing email messages

check Sending email messages

Chapter 6 shows you how well your iPhone sends SMS text messages, MMS messages, and iMessages. But such messages aren’t the iPhone’s only written communication trick, not by a long shot. One of the niftiest things your iPhone can do is send and receive real, honest-to-gosh email, using Mail, its modern email app. It’s designed not only to send and receive text email messages but also to handle rich HTML email messages — formatted email messages complete with font and type styles and embedded graphics.

Furthermore, your iPhone can read several types of file attachments, including PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents, as well as stuff produced through Apple’s own productivity software, which is output from Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Better still, all this sending and receiving of text, graphics, and documents can happen in the background so that you can surf the web or talk to a friend while your iPhone quietly and efficiently handles your email behind the scenes.

The Mail app is compatible with the most popular email providers: ...

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