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Web based email, the good the bad and the offline

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

One of my pet peeves when being on the road is email. My old provider recently started acting up, and went offline for a week, then the crud with people not getting my mails or random mails started for 6 months.

I started using GMX, and really enjoyed it. But then in low bandwidth places could not access it!

I looked at the alternatives out there:

Gmail: Well, its a popular one. But I want one that doesn't sound so generic if I meet a business proposition on the road and what to exchange addresses I would like something a little more less "G" sounding if you know what I mean. Still it has a lite version and works

Yahoo: Another one with a generic sounding address. But again a lite version and it works.

Hotmail: My old back up and long time friend. I had to resurrect it when my other one went off line. Lite version works, but if you don't log in after a month you loose all your mail. I did. It's not nice. Still the generic thing.

Bluebottle: Erm, the name was enough to put me off.

Inbox: They required me to enter my mobile phone number to sms me my password. Sorry no coverage here! Never heard from them

So there are my few attempts at finding a new free provider.

Anyone got something good out there?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 15, 2008, at 9:32 PM by outcast ]

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

Hotmail: My old back up and long time friend. I had to resurrect it when my other one went off line. Lite version works, but if you don't log in after a month you loose all your mail. I did. It's not nice. Still the generic thing.

The new term is 120 days of inactivity.

They now have the @live.com domain or @live.co.uk or whatever country domain (many are covered) you are located at when you sign up for the account.

If you don't want the generic address, you can purchase your own domain and then use Live Hotmail or Gmail to host it for you for free.

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks Hein. That's interesting I never knew they did hosting. I have been looking at domains over the last month or so, but still looking at the cost versus return issue. Plus I am fairly crap at web design

The only issue I have with the windows live email is the bandwidth. I have Live at one stage but in countries with low bandwidth I could not get it to load. I had to go to an expensive business center, log in, change to classic and then scurry back to the cheap cyber to access my hotmail.

The bandwidth issue applies to GMX too, but I can get around it a little by using portable thunderbird, but then my flash still gets bombarded by viruses in public places. Ho hum .

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

If all you want is decent quick access to e-mails, try fastmail.fm
I changed to it from hotmail after being told about it by an Irish couple back in 2003 and love it.
No garbage and beats hotmail or yahoo as I found accessing emails in the backblocks of South America and Myanmar no problem.