In This Chapter
Checking and sending e-mail with an iPod touch
Changing message settings and sending options
Setting the Push and Fetch features for optimal e-mail retrieval
Your e-mail is just a touch away. The Mail app on your iPod touch can display richly formatted messages, and you can send as well as receive photos and graphics, which are displayed in your message along with the text. You can even receive Portable Document Format (PDF) files, Microsoft Word documents, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as attachments and view them on your iPod touch.
The Mail app on your iPod touch can work in the background to retrieve your e-mail when you're connected to Wi-Fi. If you signed up for Apple's MobileMe service (formerly the .Mac service, now
www.me.com), as I describe in illustrious detail in Chapter 6, your iPod touch receives e-mail the instant it arrives in the mailbox on the MobileMe service. Services such as MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, and Yahoo! Mail push e-mail messages to your iPod touch so that they arrive immediately, automatically. You get a single beep when your mail has arrived (unless you turned off the New Mail sound, as I describe in Chapter 3).
Other types of e-mail account services let you fetch e-mail from the server — when you select the account in Mail on your iPod touch, Mail automatically starts fetching the e-mail, and ...