Most email users only know webmail – like Yahoo, Hotmail and Google. It’s called webmail because web browser e.g. Firefox or Internet Explorer is used to access your mailbox. This is fine with broadband connection. But if you have a dialup connection, this is inefficient and costly since you are charged per minute.
Before Yahoo mail became popular, we were using email reader programs where you can compose and read your email offline.
If you want to try this option, you have to do the following:
- Download and install a email client to your PC like Mozilla Thunderbird see Products at http://www.firefox.com
- Open an email account w/ Google or Fastmail
- Go to your email account settings and look for words POP or IMAP. Find the instructions to activate POP/IMAP mail. Parameters you need are: 1) hostname of your incoming mail. It usually starts with pop, pop3 or imap like pop.google.com, imap.fastmail.fm, pop3.fastmail.fm, etc. ; 2) hostname for your outgoing mails. It usually starts with smtp like smtp.fastmail.fm, smtp.google.com, etc.; and 3) your password.
- Enter those parameters to your client program (Thunderbird) and save the settings.
- Compose a test mail from Thunderbird. Queue it. Compose more test mails if you want and queueing them.
- Connect to your provider using your dialer.
- Once Internet connection is established, click the Send button. This will send all queued outgoing mails.
- If you have incoming mail, it will automatically receive them into your Incoming mail folder.
- Disconnect your connection.
- Read your mails.
Study your email client. There are lots of features you can find like signature files, email forwarding, CCs, BCCs, etc.
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