Eircom.net mail seems to have improved in recent times with increased storage of 1GB. I’ve never had an account but always marvelled at the horrible interface although this has improved and is more like Yahoo without the needless Yahoo home page. I was trying to figure out how to add an Eircom mail account to the iPhone for a friend and after a bit of googling and help from Twitter-folk this is my take on it.
If you have no mail account set up you can just touch the Mail app and the screen below will appear. If you have previous mail addresses, you need to go through Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add account
Choose ‘Add Mail Account’ if options exist. Put in details for name, address and password. Choose Save.
On the next screen on the IMAP tab (chosen by default) Incoming Mail Server, enter webmail.eircom.net as the ‘Host Name’. ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ are your mail account details.
On the Outgoing Mail Server enter smtp.o2.ie as the Host Name
‘Verifying IMAP account information’ will appear on the screen and may take a few minutes before telling you that it can’t connect using SSL. Choose Yes to try without SSL.
At this stage you should be able to receive mail whether on wifi or 3G/Edge. However you will only be able to send mail using the 3G/Edge connection. If you’re on wifi, you will need to add and turn on other SMTP servers. Go the Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Your Email Address -> Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) -> Add Server.
I’m on BT so I added mail.iol.ie. If you are on Eircom broadband, I think it’s smtp.eircom.net but I haven’t confirmed this. I think you leave each of the SMTP servers on so that sending mail will work depending on what connection you are on.
If you have done all that, why not use Boxcar to set up push notifications for your mail? Works a treat and it’s free. I have added in a Twitter account for under €1 so I’m notified of anytime I have a reply or direct message also. I’m @Donal on Twitter if you want to chat there.
As is evident above, I’ve just tried things to make Eircom mail work on the iPhone. If you see any obvious flaws please leave a comment below.