Before I submitted to the mail client behemoth that is Outlook (or, more specifically, it’s purple Mac counterpart Entourage), I was a satisfied Thunderbird user. Unwilling to make the switch, however, a helpful member of the BlackBerry Nation has devised a way to integrate Thunderbird (on any other non-Outlook email client) with your BlackBerry in an Exchange fashion. Here’s a quick summary of the process.
Thunderbird is the primary email application that is used on a desktop to send, receive and file messages. Blackberry is a secondary email application that is used to send and receive email messages remotely. User needs to (1) use a single email address known to the outside world, (2) be able to receive and send email to and from this single email address from either the Blackberry or Thunderbird, (3) maintain a complete record in Thunderbird of all sent and received email (whether sent or received from the Blackberry or Thunderbird).
While it may sound like a MacGyver-esque process, we have the full instructions posted after the jump, in four quick steps. Post a comment and let us know if the solution works for you.
ThunderBird/BlackBerry Configuration Instructions:
1. Select an External Email Address. Select an email address that will be used externally, i.e. the email address you provide to others on your business card or otherwise. For this example, we will use email@example.com.
2. Configure Domain-Level Email Forwarding. Configure your domain-level email forwarding so that all incoming email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org is forwarded to both a dedicated Blackberry address (email@example.com) and a dedicated Thunderbird address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Configure Blackberry. Configure the dedicated Blackberry address so that the “Reply to:” address is email@example.com and the “Auto BCC:” address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Configure Thunderbird. Configure Thunderbird to retrieve email from email@example.com; this will include incoming email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as BCC email from the Blackberry. Configure Thunderbird so that the “Reply to:” address is email@example.com and the “Auto BCC:” address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Create a Thunderbird rule that is applied to all incoming email sent from email@example.com (which is BCC email from the Blackberry) that marks messages as “Read” and files them in the “Sent Items” folder.