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Whenever I open the standard iPhone mail client, my mail is automatically retrieved regardless of the "manual" setting in my email settings. Since I have multiple e-mail accounts configured, this can be a very timely process and with the lack of a read all function, this is really a pain.

Is there a way to prevent this?

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Put it in airplane mode before opening email app.

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Good suggestion. Not sure if the OP would like it though. – Troggy Aug 4 '09 at 7:16

I notice sometimes it will not check automatically if I make sure I am at the mail accounts start page when I exit the mail application. This is with push off and manual check. When I am in an specific account and I close mail and come back, it always checks accounts. This isn't a solid answer, but this is the only way I have seen it behave like you desire. It only does it sometimes though and might have to do with me checking the mail recently. I do check my mail often. Good question to bring up.

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