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Chapter 7. Message Attachments > Working with Email Attachments

Working with Email Attachments

You may recall from Chapter 6, “Managing Messages,” that not all the content of an email is sent to the handheld initially. Long email messages are divided into chunks and only the first chunk is sent to the handheld. Attachments are handled in much the same way, where only some of the information is actually delivered to the device. The rest is cached on your BlackBerry Enterprise Server. When a message with an attachment is delivered, only a “stub” or placeholder is provided for the attachment. You can see that the message has an attachment, but most of the time you cannot access the attachment itself.

This is done for the same time and cost reasons that were discussed in the “Viewing More Text in a Long Email” section of Chapter 6. Additionally, there just isn't enough Flash RAM on your device to store attachments locally. With only 8MB of FlashRAM on a 7280, it would take only one really large Word document to use up all the available storage. Some PowerPoint attachments wouldn't be able to fit at all.


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