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curious john

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2001 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather than bury this info in previous post of Eln Lou's thought I would give it, its own space. These are the three remaining free email services with a non-standard SMTP server that you can use when your ISP blocks standard SMTP port 25. I should say the three that I could find as I obviously didnt look at every last free email. Runbox.com still offers same but is no longer free although not a bad deal for what they offer if you want to pay.

SoftHome Port 25000
 http://www.softhome.net/ 
 http://www.softhome.net/help/advanced.html 

MochaMail Port 2525
 http://www.mochamail.com/ 
 http://www.mochamail.com/support/desktop.html#4  E-

Omninet Port 1025
 http://eo.yifan.net/ 
 http://www.yifan.net/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000122.html 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2001 18:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CJ-One question. When you set anyone of these up with MS Outlook Express whenever you send out mail to folks the "from" or "reply from" is going to have either "xxx.SoftHome.net" or "xxx.mochamail.com" etc. It will not be coming from your original email client (in my case Yahoo)? I decided to use SoftHome, should I set it as my default in MS Outlook Express? Thanks!



[ This message was edited by: Eln Lou on 2001-11-10 19:52 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2001 18:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CJ-One more question.

I noticed if I want to check mail from MS Outlook Express with SoftHome I sporadically get asked from my user ID and password and I get the following error message when MSOE tries to check mail from SoftHome:

There was a problem logging onto your mail server. Your Password was rejected. Account: 'SoftHome Server', Server: 'mail.SoftHome.net', Protocol: POP3, Server Response: '-ERR Login failed. Don't check email more than once every 10 minutes. You are at 23/hour, 5 this period. See  http://mail.SoftHome.net/help/auth_errs.html#frequency ', Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Softhome is worst of the bunch (I never tried E-Omninet) and limits you to checking mail every 10 min. Also service can be up and down at odd times. Your email client is outlook express. Softhome and Yahoo are your email accounts. Setup Yahoo as your primary account in Outlook since it is one you will use most. When you set Yahoo up in Outlook, use Softhomes SMTP server as the SMTP server with non-standard port 25000. You will do same when setting up Softhome in Outlook. Remember your email client has to check for mail at Softhome before it can send any mail, Yahoo or Softhome, on Softhome SMTP server.

Its been a long time since I have used Outlook. On windows I use "The Bat" and on linux computer I use "K-mail" email client. When sending mail with an email client there should be no tag ad on end of your email unless you specify it that way. If you send via web mail there will be a tag ad with most free email accounts since you are using webmail smtp server. Hmm, using SMTP server of an email rather than ISP with email client, I cant remember for sure if there is a tag. You'll just have to experiment.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CJ, thanks for the clarification. BTW, I tried signing up for Mocamail too and this is what the website says:

New Accounts Temporarily Not Available

To better serve our existing subscriber base, the MochaMail.com service is temporarily not accepting new members at this time. If you would like a demonstration of the software running on this site, please follow the Take a Test Drive link on our home page. For questions about this site, please contact .

Go figure!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 17:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MochaMail was very good when I used it. Runbox was also until it became too popular. They did bunch of upgrades and I guess now have to charge. You might try E-Omnimail. Post what your experience is with it if you try it. I shouldnt bad mouth Softhome, just I set a friend up with it and it went down for a week with no notice and was in general just qwirky. He changed to a local pay isp so kept Softhome to avoid changing email address, but changed SMTP server to one provided by his pay isp. No more problems.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 17:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant e-omninet, not omnimail in my last post. Maybe I should register so I can edit my posts. LOL
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 19:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On 2001-11-11 17:07, unregistered Curious John wrote:
Maybe I should register so I can edit my posts. LOL

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Eln Lou


 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 20:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto to Corrine's comment above, CJ!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2001 21:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I signed up for  http://eo.yifan.net/  yesterday and I have not had any problems with the few test e-mails I have sent and received. I wanted another service that uses a non-standard SMTP server in case  http://www.softhome.net/  or  http://www.mochamail.com/  would ever fail. You have to request a link for the signup by e-mail, but once received, the signup is painless!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2001 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess from the posts I got "grandfathered in" on mochamail...

I've had it a year or more, and NEVER had a problem!

I have never abused my rights to is either...

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2001 20:32 pm    Post subject: Mochamail pop3 Reply with quote

For months I have not been able to get Mochamail to work right with Outlook Express. My Softhome and Yifan accounts work well. So , today I read an old copy of a Dunning Fools July 8 Mail and News posts and noticed that Mochamail has two smtp address settings. For port 25 the smtp address is "mail.mochamail.com' and for port 2525(not blocked) it is "smtp.mochamail.com". All this time I had tried to use "mail.mochamaim.com" with port 2525. One small correction and it is working well also. All three of these pop3 e-mail servers are good. Get all 3 when you can. Grin
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