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Need to receive any emails as fast as possible


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mymaus

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My potential clients who are mostly from lower Manhattan can only send their needs via email and seconds count in my reply. I live in Northern Kentucky. I don’t know if this is possible but I need to figure out a way to receive these emails as quickly as possible – ideally, less than a second after they are delivered to the mail server. I currently have access to 3 email accounts (a gmail, a yahoo and one from my ISP – Spectrum). I could specify to use any one of those for this need or, if I could get the email faster by subscribing to another email service, I would do that as long as there was a trial period where I could test it.  I’d also be willing to buy or subscribe to software to accomplish this as well (again, I’d want a trial period). Would a “push” solution be faster than constantly polling one? Any thoughts at all on this would be appreciated.


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Hello mymaus,
:welcome:
My name is UnloosedCake, and I'm here to help!

The short answer to your question is this:

"Push" functions are when new data gets automatically sent to your device from the server. The speed at which this occurs depends greatly on the backend programming that the server is configured with, but /typically/ it's the fastest way to get new emails sent to your device.

Constantly polling for new emails on a server isn't the fastest way to get things done only due to that the frequency of the polling can only be set to so fast before you start to lose battery life in a wholly-noticeable way.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions!
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Hi mymaus,

I doubt you will ever be able to receive and email within seconds after it has been sent. Emails travel across multiple servers. Some more than just the senders email client server and the server of your email client and if any one of those servers in between the origin server to the destination server is bogged down, overloaded, swamped with emails, spam, etc. the longer it will take for the email to get to the final destination server.

I have read that emails will be received on phones much quicker than on computers. I did come across this topic while searching around for a solution for you, but not sure it is the solution you are looking for, if there is one at all.

Please stay tuned. One of our other dedicated members may have a better answer for you.

Edit: I see unloosedcake and I posted at the same time. (well, almost at the same time) :)

Donna :)

Edited by DonnaB, 13 August 2017 - 07:38 AM.
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There is no way to guarantee that email have instant delivery due to the way mail servers work...

 

My potential clients who are mostly from lower Manhattan can only send their needs via email and seconds count in my reply

 

Change that, create a website where clients can put their requests and receive reply's (to be safe also send e-mail copies) some websites include operators available for Chat so they can provide faster reply...


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"Push" functions are when new data gets automatically sent to your device from the server. The speed at which this occurs depends greatly on the backend programming that the server is configured with, but /typically/ it's the fastest way to get new emails sent to your device.

Constantly polling for new emails on a server isn't the fastest way to get things done only due to that the frequency of the polling can only be set to so fast before you start to lose battery life in a wholly-noticeable way.

 

So I guess my question is which email service has the fastest push backend programming on their server and what is the best client to take advantage of that?  Ideally, this needs to be a desktop solution, but if a Android smartphone solution is faster I might be able to deal with that (although maybe I could move that solution to my desktop through some sort of Android simulation environment that runs on Windows 7?).


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I have read that emails will be received on phones much quicker than on computers. I did come across this topic while searching around for a solution for you, but not sure it is the solution you are looking for, if there is one at all.
 

Thanks for searching around for a solution and responding!  Interesting article on push vs fetch setting on ios. It looks like gmail is listed as a fetch server in the article. This surprised me.  In any case, ideally, I'm looking for a solution that runs on my Windows 7 desktop (I'd upgrade to Windows 10 if needed by the solution).  I do have an Android phone (not ios) but my response back to the critical email would take longer on my phone so that would defeat the purpose anyway.  I suppose I could run some sort of android simulator running on Windows if it came to that.


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