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Yes, you can do what you want.

I have my domain e-mail (POP), Gmail (POP/IMAP) and MobileMe (IMAP) on my Mac(s) at home and my iPhone. For my Domain and GMail, the only place that mail gets permanently deleted from the server is my Desktop (or Web mail for my domain/GMail). My Laptop and iPhone will retrieve mail (Unless my desktop gets to it first, assuming it's open) and display it to me. If I delete my domain or Gmail, they will still be downloaded to my desktop, which will the automatically delete the messages from the server.

The key is to set all your Mail up on your computer at home, and set Gmail up as POP not IMAP. Then sync the mail accounts to your iPhone via iTunes. Gmail will switch to IMAP for retrieval on your iPhone but on your desktop it will stay as POP, thus allowing you to get the messages on one machine always. That probably makes no sense but I never lose Gmail messages even though the receive on the iPhone is IMAP (send on the iPhone is still SMTP). You can then set your desktop to delete mail as you desire (immediately etc). This has worked for me for some time and allows me to get my e-mail on my phone or laptop while on the road, but always still leave it on the server for final adjudication when I get home and download on my desktop.

MoblieMe is full on IMAP, and if you delete it on your iPhone (and empty the trash on your phones e-mail), it will be gone for good. It's the only one that doesn't work like you want.


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