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May 17, 2010, 19:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Ableson)

"When an email is sent to a BlackBerry user, it is first picked up by a BES server, pre-processed/distilled/put on slim-fast/etc. and then sent to the device. The net effect is that the recipient just gets the "raw text" of the message and a list of attachments which are individually download-able.

"When an email is forwarded from a BlackBerry user, the BES magically sends the original email — complete with the attachments and any text added by the mobile user. Contrast that behavior with an Android user attempting the same "comment and forward" activity — it just isn't the same.

"The other day I read a message on my Android device but didn't download the attachment. Then I forwarded it to someone on my team, making reference to the attachment. They shot back a note saying "what attachment?". Unfortunately, the attachment was never sent because it wasn't first downloaded to my phone."

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