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Yes, you CAN get free Yahoo Email on the Droid and don't let them tell you you can't!

Discussion in 'Android Forum' started by hiho322, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. hiho322
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    I just got my new Droid today and had a really crazy experience at the Verizon store. Clueless as to what was about to happen, I walked in, thrilled to have my new phone. I found a really nice rep to help me and told him I wanted to activate my new phone and port my contacts over from my Blackberry Storm. Tony was great, but over the next hour, we realized that there was a problem putting yahoo email on the Droid. He called Verizon Tech Support on the phone, and even after we both spoke to a supervisor there, there seemed to be no solution. With my understanding of technology, I knew there had be a way to make this happen. While the supervisor insisted that this was a Google phone and so Google-powered, he also stated that this was not a Yahoo-powered phone (WTF????) He also said that there was a work-around with pop-mail, but then all my emails would be sent out with a gmail address. I have a business, business stationery, etc., so this was unacceptable to me. He then said that I could have yahoo mail, but it had to be the paid version. I said I was happy to pay for it, if Verizon reimbursed me, since this wasn't my problem, but theirs. I also knew in my heart that a 15-year old hacker kid would be able to figure this out, so why couldn't he?

    He wound up putting us in touch with a wonderful woman named Tracy in customer service, who - believe it or not - had a Droid herself and a free yahoo email account she used on it. She said there was indeed a way and then transferred us over to a different tech guy who said, "With the new OS updatd (as of 3/29), yahoo email is included." Eureka!!! So he talked the rep in the store through it and I am now the proud owner of a Motorola Droid with yahoo email on it.

    Moral of the story: If you understand technology, don't let them get away with telling you you can't do something. Be tenacious, use the internet (this Forum in particular), talk to a 15 year old hacker kid...but push, because you'll probably get what you need.

    Annie
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    Please don't take this as me being a jerk but...

    Yeah this was part of the official update everyone was flipping out over.
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    Okay, enough with the teasing, guys! I'm a Droid newbie, which you would have realized if you'd actually read my posting. I thought I'd heard something about Yahoo and the OS upgrade, but not having owned a Droid at the time, I hadn't paid all that much attention. And this update only happened three weeks ago, remember. I posted this here so that any other newbie or person considering this phone would know that they wouldn't have a problem if yahoo is their main email.
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    haha all good.
    welcome to Droid Forums.:D
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    Maybe this is a noob question too, but HOW do you add Yahoo accounts? I got the OTA update a few weeks ago (Moto Droid 2.0.1 to 2.1) and can't for the life of me find where the Yahoo! mail settings are.

    Under Settings/Accounts & Sync/Add Account/ I still only see:
    Corporate
    Facebook
    Google

    I would assume they would add it to this list but maybe they added the option somewhere else. A quick search of the Market Place yielded some pay apps but nothing noteworthy. Any idea where this is or how to add a Yahoo account?
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    Start the Email app . You can add multiple accounts there
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    Worked like a champ, thanks.
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    If history is any indication, newbies aren't going to read this thread any more than they're going to read the other threads that also mention this.
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    Free Yahoo mail works fine -- just no way to have it pushed to Droid.
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    Lesson learned here....Never believe a VZW Tech.
    (Well almost never)

    Glad you found the right place to come.....Welcome to the Forum.
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