Help me stop missing email
December 12, 2011 7:26 AM Subscribe
It's time to start looking for a new smartphone. I have the Nokia E71, and I like it well enough but for one thing: I need a phone that can adapt automatically to a small number of wireless networks for email, as I move between them. What phone should I get, or failing that, what is this function/feature even called?
What I Need and Have:
Most of my requirements are simple: decent screen size, QWERTY keys, ability to tether, ability to read attachments (maybe not comfortably, but in a pinch) and ideally ability to do some limited editing of documents. I need to be able to set up the email so that my (GMail or Google Apps GMail) accounts (if I were to check them using a browser) sync with my phone and with Outlook on my computer. The E71 covers all these.
What I Need and Don't Even Know the Name For:
With my phone, I can set it to a single network (e.g. my home wireless network, or the provider's super expensive data network) but once set it cannot connect to any other network ever. Or I can have it not set to a network, in which case I can manually connect if I remember to do so. I have wireless at home and at the office, and I spend 98% of my time in those two places. What I would like is to be able to set the phone to automatically connect to the wireless network in 2-4 networks, and to connect to the provider's data network whenever its not in one of the pre-set networks. So for example, I'm at home and am connected to my home network and I get beeped when an email comes in. Then I leave my building and the phone switches over to the provider network while I walk to work and I get beeped when an email comes in. Then I enter my office and the phone switches to my work wireless network and I get beeped when an email comes in. I know I could do this with the wireless setup on my laptop, so why not my phone?
I'd prefer the phone do this on it's own, but it would be almost as good if it would prompt me whenever I entered a recognized network, which IIRC is what the iPhone does. I'd prefer that the phone do this natively, but I would consider software. I am not married to any operating system, but I use PCs at home and at work so it has to have some compatibility.
Also, as this question no doubt illustrates, I can do technology...stuff, but I don't necessarily understand it. So layman's terms please.