PicoMail is the first POP/IMAP/SMTP mail client I’ve seen that actually works on iDEN phones.  It’s quite full featured with support for secure connections, IMAP folders, viewing Word, Excel, PDF, WordPerfect and image attachments, contact list import (not tested), email search, SPAM filtering and HTML formatted emails which it displays reformatted in a single column with all images and text formatting intact.

PicoMail doesn’t support push email or even polling however, you have to choose “Receive” from the Menu to refresh your Inbox.

I tested it with a Gmail account and it works well. It should also work with other providers which support the IMAP or POP and SMTP protocols like Hotmail, AOL Mail and most ISP and university email servers.  It won’t work with free Yahoo Mail accounts as Yahoo doesn’t support POP or IMAP.

PicoMail claims to be able to auto configure the server settings based on your email address but failed to do so for my Gmail account.  I had to use the advanced setup screen to get it working for Gmail using the settings found here. Your email provider should have a similar page listing their settings.

PicoMail’s menu structure, at least on iDEN phones, is a bit clumsy and there are some minor usability issues. If you get stuck there’s a good user guide which can be viewed from within the app by choosing Help from the menu.

Composing and sending an email is particularly unintuitive. Here’s how to do it:

  • Press the Menu key and click “Send”.
  • On the next unlabeled screen, enter the email title and press the soft key labeled “To”.
  • On the next screen click a contact (or press the Menu key to add a new contact) and press the softkey labeled “OK”, which takes you back to the title field rather than to the message body.
  • Press the Menu key and choose “Text” to enter the message body.
  • Press the Menu key and select “Done”
  • Press the softkey labeled “Send”.

Type: Ad-supported
Author: PicoWireless
Data Connection Required: Yes
Supported iDEN phones: All with Java ( i9, i856, i776, i465, i290, etc.)
Filesize: 34 KB

Downloading uses paid data. Downloads are for Java ME phones only.

To download and install click here: DOWNLOAD (jad)

Alternate downloads: jarzip