Good email services
I use a mail service that sucks the big one. It does. Completely. There's nothing worst than the way they treat their customers.
Honestly, unless you're flat broke, just register your own domain name and get an inexpensive hosting account. Many ISPs provide multiple POP3 boxes with a single hosting account, so you could even split the costs with a friend or two.
I use softhome.net. I don't know what the size limit is on the account, but it does allow you to download mail through pop3.
When did POP3 become rare? I've never used anything but POP to download mail. In any case, I've been quite pleased with the host GoDaddy uses, which I think is secureserver.net. You may have better luck with them if your ISP is that flaky.
Doesn't yout ISP give you a POP3 account? If you change ISP all the time, then get a domain name, but as you can receive mail through POP3 with no trouble from another ISP (sending trhough SMPT has unfortunately been stopped because of fear of open relays), then if you get a cheapish ISP you can always pay the extra three months when you change over and run both accounts until everybody knows.
They don't advertise it, but you can access yahoo mail accounts through Pop3. I'm not certain what their limit is, but I know that they have a larger fee-based option as well.
The problem with using yahoo for POP3 is that you have to accept ads from them as well.
The best solution was mentioned above... use your ISP's email account and purchase a domain. A number of registrars provide DNS and email forwarding services. Just buy the domain and set everything @yourdomain.com to redirect to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just to clear things up, this is not a problem with my ISP, it's a free web based mail serviced that decided to also give POP3 access to the user accounts. The problem is the overall service which is so bad, it's almost scary.
Is it myrealbox.com? It sounds kind of like it.
RP, I believe everyone is telling you to ditch the web based POP3 mail provider and use your ISP for email.
I use FuseMail and I really love it, for two reasons: it can suck e-mail out of other services and consolidate into a single place, and it's IMAP.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I really like the services provided by http://www.cotse.net It works great and is very reliable.
Get an ancient box, put BSD or Linux on it and then install postfix, get your domain and point your mail server at it port mapping at the firewall/router smtp.
I thought about that one before, but I really don't want to admin a box. I'd rather have a server somewhere else.
Most universities give their alumni free, lifetime forwarding addresses. Use one of those, and then you're not tied down to any given e-mail provider.
J. D. Trollinger
I also use fusemail and it rocks. I have a ton of disk space (500mb) and it will collect mail from an unlimited amount of pop accounts and put it into an IMAP account. This is very very useful when you have lots of accounts and also since IMAP keeps mail on the server you don't have to worry about what PC you're on. Additionally it has some groupware functionality (calendar, contacts, journal,etc) all for about $5 a month which IMO is a good deal. You can access it via webmail or via a IMAP compliant client (Outlook if you want to use groupware).
Seconding both FuseMail and Fastmail. Fastmail has a far superior web UI-it's a real joy to use when I don't have access to a desktop client. But FuseMail's storage deal is far nicer, and I've pretty much converted to using Opera's M2 as my primary email client, which plays well with IMAP and removes all the drudgery out of managing email, as well as serving as a perfectly adequate Usenet and RSS reader (although no OPML import/export for RSS yet).
I believe I can fry
Actually I do have a GMail account. But I don't really have any use for it. I can't download mail to my Outlook client, it can't suck messages from my other accounts and since it's still beta I don't know where it's going.
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