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Are there decent paid email services?

by Judyintexas / April 13, 2013 4:39 AM PDT

I am fed up with Hotmail (oops, Outlook) and Gmail. I feel like I need a sandbox and finger paints to go along with the new Outlook, which calls type sizes "fonts" and is the ugliest thing I have seen in awhile. I clicked on the link in a CNET message to post this question, but the new Outlook can't handle that -- it took me to an opportunity to sign in (I was already signed in!) but once I did that it had no record of the address I wanted to send to.

My husband uses Gmail, which now wants us to distinguish between several kinds of faint arrows instead of using words to describe functions such as "Reply." It also has many other nonintuitive quirks, such as providing clickable text labeled "Attachment," but clicking it just makes the text blink and the actual download link is at the other end of the message.

I would want a cloud service, so I can have my email where I am. I would also like to be able to download chunks of email for local archiving. I would want the high-quality spam filtering that I get with Outlook. I do not have a service I can piggyback on, such as SBC; I would have to have an independent email service.

Any thoughts? Thank you!

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I've been very happy with Comcast
by wpgwpg / April 13, 2013 4:50 AM PDT

I use Comcast and in my area they've been very good for me. It's been enough years (maybe 10-15?) that I don't remember how long it's been. If you set up your email client to leave your email on their server (I set mine for 30 days), you can access it wherever you are either online or via your email client. I use Windows Live Mail on my laptop and I can also get email with my Kindle Fire via WiFi or with my desktop. Apparently the quality of service varies from place to place, so check in your neighborhood.

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Sorry, don't have access to cable.
by Judyintexas / April 14, 2013 1:39 AM PDT

Thank you, wpgwpg. I failed to mention that we also do not have cable. We use a Verizon aircard for Internet service.

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You could try Yahoo's email
by wpgwpg / April 14, 2013 3:01 AM PDT

The only other online email I can think of is Yahoo. It's not bad. You might want to try that.

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It sounds like you are confusing email apps and web apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2013 1:43 AM PDT

I can use gmail with many email app (usually called mail clients.) So I can use my old Outlook 2003 with Gmail.

I do not have to use the web site unless I want to.

Has anyone discussed this with you?

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Sounds like it might work for my husband
by Judyintexas / April 15, 2013 5:11 AM PDT

Thank you, Bob,

My husband used to use Outlook and if using that as a client would make Gmail look like the old Outlook, he might like that. Can you point me to some resources? We are on Windows Vista right now, and I think the old Outlook did not come with that.

I have never used Outlook, so don't know if that would work as a replacement for me for the old Hotmail.

wpgwpg, I am reluctant to move to Yahoo mail because I expect it will suffer upheval as soon as the new manamgement notices it.

Thanks for your continuing help.

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All the resources I know of are found with
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2013 5:30 AM PDT

I think you need to find someone to talk to about using email applications versus web email.

If I didn't convey what an email client is, then I failed.

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O.K., can you help me select a client?
by Judyintexas / April 16, 2013 4:43 AM PDT

Thank you, Bob,

I have now read up on the difference between mail services and clients. Let's start by finding a client for Gmail that leaves the mail on the server, ideally except for the spam and mischiefware that the user clicks to delete. I read up on Thunderbird, which seems to not leave the mail on the server. This defeats my husband's purpose of needing to get to his email wherever he is. I couldn't tell from what I could find about eM Client whether it leaves the email on the server or not.

Can someone point me to candidates to investigate?

Again, I appreciate your help.

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I use and
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 16, 2013 5:50 AM PDT

My mail is still there even if I use the default setting of Outlook 2003 which, well what can I add here except I can use a web browser to and then still see my email on the web page. So why not try this with your choice of email software?

And yes you can set almost all email software to leave mail on server.

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