Yahoo! Mail is one of the most popular solutions for web based email. It’s easy to see why, it’s got a decent spam filter, lots of storage space, and it’s been around forever. But to get access to POP and forwarding, you need to upgrade to Yahoo Plus, currently about $20 a year.

Fortunately, there’s a way to get your Yahoo email on your BlackBerry without upgrading to Yahoo Plus. And if you’ve upgraded to BlackBerry Internet Service 2.0, it’s extremely easy to set up. Now you can get your Yahoo Mail sent directly to your BlackBerry from your free account.

Once you have upgraded to BIS 2.0, you can link to your free Yahoo Mail account either by using the BlackBerry device or by using the web page for your BIS. You can find a list of websites here for configuring your account directly from your PC.

From your BlackBerry, there should be an icon called “Personal Email SetUp”. Launch that application and a web page will appear where you can log in to your BIS account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one right from your BlackBerry.
Personal Email
Personal Email SetUp
Personal Login
 Logging in to Manage BIS Account

Once you have logged in, select the E-mail Accounts link. This will take you to a list of your existing accounts. Click the link to add a new account, and then enter in your Yahoo Mail email address and password.
Add New Email
Adding New Email Account

If successful, when you navigate back to your home screen, a new icon will appear for each email account that you set up. Congratulations, you have now linked your free Yahoo Mail account with your BlackBerry! This same process can also be used for Gmail accounts as well.

In my tests, this integration was very smooth. I am notified almost instantly on my BlackBerry when a new message comes in to my Yahoo Mail account. When I delete an email on the BlackBerry, it gives me the option of deleting only on the handheld, or both the handheld and the Yahoo Mail account. And because BlackBerry Internet Service v2.0 offers direct access to integrated accounts, I don’t have to worry about exceeding any BIS web storage limitations. I’m only limited by the capacity of my Yahoo Mail account.

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