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jimmy1984
Nov 17, 2010, 08:35 AM
In your opinion what is the best paid for / and free email service out there. Is it compatible with mail on the mac?



GoCubsGo
Nov 17, 2010, 08:49 AM
GMAIL. It's the only free service I have ever stuck with this long that has only gotten better and better. IMAP on my Mac, iPad, and phone, labels and forwarding, spam control, etc etc. Storage is amazing. Rarely have an issue or need to visit the website to get mail. It's great.

I've had hotmail in the early years before it became overwhelmed with spam, yahoo mail before it sucked (it always sucked really), and I have mobile me for comparison.

iBlue
Nov 17, 2010, 08:54 AM
GMAIL. It's the only free service I have ever stuck with this long that has only gotten better and better. IMAP on my Mac, iPad, and phone, labels and forwarding, spam control, etc etc. Storage is amazing. Rarely have an issue or need to visit the website to get mail. It's great.

I've had hotmail in the early years before it became overwhelmed with spam, yahoo mail before it sucked (it always sucked really), and I have mobile me for comparison.

^ This, exactly. Well, with the exception that I do use Gmail via the web and I've never tried mobile me.

flynz4
Nov 17, 2010, 09:20 AM
For delivery to mobile devices, I have liked Mobile Me the best. However... do not confuse MM with the need to use your MM address.

For the most part, I have my own domain and other email addresses. All of them forward to Mobile Me so that my mail is pushed to all of my devices and computers using that single MM account.

One other thing that I do is to forward (but not delete) all mail consolidated onto Mobile Me to a Gmail account that I only use as an archive of all mail that I receive.


Hence:
1) I have a dozen email address that all funnel into Mobile Me
2) I only ever check MM on all my devices (IMAP Synced)
3) MM forwards a copy of all consolidated email to a GMail archive for me

/Jim

JuanGuapo
Nov 18, 2010, 07:59 PM
I have all of them (incl. MobileMe) and use Gmail almost exclusively. It has the best spam protection and (like someone else said) it's the only one that has gotten better and better. Moreover, it was the only one that had SSL/HTTPS support from the beginning, so it is arguably more secure when using public WiFi and shared computers.

Morod
Nov 19, 2010, 11:57 AM
I have both MM and GMail. GMail wins in the spam filtering department. In MM it's easy to make separate folders for various things (jobs, vacations, guitars, etc.) I can't figure out how to make folders in GMail that is similar to this. Does anyone know how?
Morod

Dias
Nov 19, 2010, 05:22 PM
Gmail hands down. MM has a neat interface, true, but that's it. Better spam protection, labels, labs, integration with other Google services, etc...

Dias
Nov 19, 2010, 05:23 PM
I have both MM and GMail. GMail wins in the spam filtering department. In MM it's easy to make separate folders for various things (jobs, vacations, guitars, etc.) I can't figure out how to make folders in GMail that is similar to this. Does anyone know how?
Morod


Just create some Labels and then you can just drag your emails over them. Easy.

coochiekuta
Nov 19, 2010, 05:26 PM
gmail blocks spam very well. even when you sign up to be spammed they block it.

other than that they are all the same. some offer more space than others.

JuanGuapo
Nov 21, 2010, 12:03 PM
Incidentally, this was a fairly common issue when I used MobileMe for e-mail (see below). MobileMe's SMTP server would routinely time out (esp. in the mornings). Support couldn't explain it and basically said it was a problem on "my" end.

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We have two separate accounts and each was having this same issue. It isn't the ISP since both of us were having the same issue at our respective day jobs, and on separate laptops.

I've had a Gmail account for over two years (.edu) and when this started happening, I opened a personal one and started forwarding everything to it. Gmail has never had this problem--at home or elsewhere--and I use it with the same Mail.app that MobileMe uses.

MobileMe support kept having me delete and re-add my account, couldn't explain it except that it was "something on my end" since they were unable to replicate it on their end.

My mailbox was approx. 500MB in size with around 22-24 folders. My wife's account is about the same with less folders.

Your mileage may vary but after this went on for a year or so, I finally sat down one afternoon and started the tedious task of moving everything to Gmail and updating accounts to reflect the new address.

steve knight
Nov 21, 2010, 12:44 PM
I have both I got mobileme for backup as somehow I deleted all my emails in my inbox but lucky my computer at work let me recover them.
the web interface of mobileme sucks big time.
so I had gmail setup for manual fetch mail notifier to tell me when I got mail and push calenders and push notes. using mobileme with push mail and notes and contacts and push gmail calenders I has a pretty good increase in battery life. I never have to charge my phone before I get home now even with two hours of game playing.

Morod
Nov 21, 2010, 07:46 PM
Just create some Labels and then you can just drag your emails over them. Easy.

Thank you, Dias! It's easy when you know how, :D
I never knew what Labels would be used for. Now I do and I am happy.

wirelessmacuser
Nov 21, 2010, 07:55 PM
gmail. It's the only free service i have ever stuck with this long that has only gotten better and better. Imap on my mac, ipad, and phone, labels and forwarding, spam control, etc etc. Storage is amazing. Rarely have an issue or need to visit the website to get mail.
+ 1

PBF
Nov 21, 2010, 11:59 PM
Never used hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. Always used mobileme since the itools days.

arnop
Nov 22, 2010, 08:36 AM
For delivery to mobile devices, I have liked Mobile Me the best. However... do not confuse MM with the need to use your MM address.

For the most part, I have my own domain and other email addresses. All of them forward to Mobile Me so that my mail is pushed to all of my devices and computers using that single MM account.

One other thing that I do is to forward (but not delete) all mail consolidated onto Mobile Me to a Gmail account that I only use as an archive of all mail that I receive.


Hence:
1) I have a dozen email address that all funnel into Mobile Me
2) I only ever check MM on all my devices (IMAP Synced)
3) MM forwards a copy of all consolidated email to a GMail archive for me

/Jim

Seems like a good set-up, will take a look at it too.

Just one question, how do you forward a copy of all consolidated email to Gmail ?

flynz4
Nov 22, 2010, 02:46 PM
Seems like a good set-up, will take a look at it too.

Just one question, how do you forward a copy of all consolidated email to Gmail ?

Create an archive email account (ex:firstname.lastname.archive@gmail.com)
Log into Mobile Me email account using a browswer
Click on the gear -> preferences -> general tab
Enable email forwarding (enter your archve email adress)
Uncheck "delete messages after forwarding"

Now a copy of all your received messages will be sent to your archive email address for long term storage. You can log into Gmail if you ever want to get any message that you ever received. I have almost never need to do so... but it makes it psychologically easier to aggressively delete email because I know I always have a back-up copy. I like having a clean inbox... and I dislike having lots of misc folders.

/Jim

arnop
Nov 28, 2010, 05:53 PM
Create an archive email account (ex:firstname.lastname.archive@gmail.com)
Log into Mobile Me email account using a browswer
Click on the gear -> preferences -> general tab
Enable email forwarding (enter your archve email adress)
Uncheck "delete messages after forwarding"

Now a copy of all your received messages will be sent to your archive email address for long term storage. You can log into Gmail if you ever want to get any message that you ever received. I have almost never need to do so... but it makes it psychologically easier to aggressively delete email because I know I always have a back-up copy. I like having a clean inbox... and I dislike having lots of misc folders.

/Jim

Thanks so much for the tip !

wirelessmacuser
Nov 29, 2010, 06:57 AM
Your setup sounds like a good way for handling multiple accounts.

For delivery to mobile devices, I have liked Mobile Me the best. However... do not confuse MM with the need to use your MM address.
Why do you prefer MobileMe for delivery to mobile devices? (as opposed to Gmail for example)

Thanks ... :)