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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 2nd Dec '07 2:16 PM

E-MAIL SERVERS

I am switching from dial-up to DSL and I'm suspecting that I may have a few days where I'll be without Internet service and e-mail. I'm probably going to sign up for a temporary e-mail to bridge that gap.
I had a Hotmail address a number of years ago before I had a home computer.

I see Google has Gmail available. On the surface it sounds pretty good. My question is: Does anyone have any experience with Gmail, good or bad?

Thanks for your input

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.5 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 2nd Dec '07 3:54 PM

I use it and like it very much. It takes a while to get used to some differences, but then it is much better than anything else I've used. I like that it's all on line and if I change computers I don't have to transfer saved emails from one computer to another, I can access it all from any other computer, etc. There are small ads which I never even notice anymore, no popups etc, good spam filtering system. YMMV but I like it a lot.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 3rd Dec '07 9:04 AM

Hi Pat: I have a yahoo email, which I use all the time, and a hotmail email, which I don't use at all. But with those 2 accounts, I can enjoy chatting with my friends over either Yahoo or MSN Messenger. Gmail may have the same thing but I can honestly say I don't know anyone in my circle who uses it. So if you ever have any desire to instant message, you might try either one of those.

Enjoy your DSL!

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 3rd Dec '07 9:39 AM

I have been using gmail for over a year and I like it very much. The search engine for finding old messages is much more efficient than ones my previous ISPs had. The In-Box is practically unlimited in size, and no messages expire or get deleted unless I delete them. There is a chat function, but I have never used it, so I can't comment on that.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.5 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 3rd Dec '07 1:54 PM

The Gmail chat works well, but of course both chatters have to be on Gmail.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 3rd Dec '07 7:52 PM

thanks for you input everyone. I think I'll give the Gmail a try. I have to get my e-mails moved from my current e-mail to the new one before my service ends. I've known for a couple months the telephone company was going to stop service in my area, but of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I put off finding a new land line phone company until today so no time to switch the dial-up over. Besides, I keep getting kicked off the dial-up service so I'm looking forward to DSL. I'll need faster service by the first of the year when I hope my new Internet business will be up and going.

Again, thanks for the input.

4getful1
4getful1  (Level: 176.0 - Posts: 2928)
Sun, 30th Dec '07 2:31 AM

Pat,

I've been with gmail for about 3 years and have been very satisfied. The neat thing is I was able to forward all email from my old charter.net and a university account to my gmail address. I'm with jetbroadband.net now, but I didn't even set up an email account -- I use gmail exclusively.

I think you will really like it.

Brenda



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