Dear awesome IT chaps/chappettes,
My brother has an iPhone (of the 3G variety, if that matters) and is currently having trouble accessing his Windows Live Hotmail account in the same manner as he can access the likes of Gmail, Yahoo!, Microsoft Exchange, and so on. Basically, he wants to be able to receive alerts when a new email arrives in his inbox and to have the capability of viewing it natively (I think I'm using that term correctly!) within the iPhone, that is, without the need to use the Safari browser. He is able to access his Gmail account in this way, but has had no luck in figuring out how to have a similar set up for his Windows Live account.
His account isn't Hotmail, it's @live.co.uk (one of the newer ones).
The other email providers I've mentioned already seem to have some basic functionality built in, but Widows Live isn't one of them.
I understand that free users of Hotmail/Live can't use POP access, but we've heard from several independent sources that since January 2009 the UK has been exempt from this restriction (that is, the @live.co.uk users). I'm not sure if that's true, and maybe you guys can set us straight about that :)
One thing we did try is using Gmail's mail fetching function, but it doesn't appear to work (or at least we couldn't get it to work!). We also tried using the forwarding system in Hotmail, but it only forwards to other MS-controlled services. FASCIST PIG-DOGS! So yeah, if you can even help us figure out how to forward his Hotmail emails to Gmail, that'd be a good compromise. We investigated IzyMail, but the free service has restrictions which don't sit well with our needs, and we ain't paying for the ability to check emails if we can help it!