Do I have to buy .Mac to use mail?

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  1. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    Well its in the title do I have to get .Mac just to use the mail program? I would really enjoy using an ofline mail service. Right now im using hotmail and its ok and all but its not great. If I do have to buy .Mac to get mail what else would I be getting for that and what length of a subscription is it.

    and im off school a day early just want to rub it in :D
     
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    nope.

    .mac not needed.

    you can use gmail with it, if ya want! :)
     
  3. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    You only need .Mac if you want your email address to be you@mac.com.

    The Mail program (known as Mail.app sometimes) can be used for any POP/IMAP account.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, you don't need .mac
    You can probably use your ISP like Earthlink, etc.
    Or as KT said, you can even use Gmail

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. solvs macrumors 603

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    Can't you use it with Hotmail too? I've heard you can (or at least used to be able to), but never tried it. Yeah, I know, Hotmail. But I had an account before M$ owned it, and darned if I'm getting rid of it now.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Used to, but not sure that it works now.
    Why not Gmail? Too much trouble to switch over?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    you need some Gmail?

    if you have messages in it, just email all of them back to yourself or something like that.
    I'm not sure if hotmail allows for download of all of them..
     
  8. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    I have found something that works for this called HTTPMail: On this site
     
  9. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    As everybody else here said, you don't need .mac to enjoy mail.app
    but with the subscription of .mac you also get a bunch of other stuff and perks.
    Take a look at the Apple site to see what else you get.
    I have a .mac account and really think it's worth it.
     
  10. solvs macrumors 603

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    I have Gmail, but I have thousands of messages in my Hotmail account. As I said, I've had it for years. Plus, I'm just that popular. :p

    And no, it doesn't. Bastards.
     
  11. solvs macrumors 603

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    Thanks! Off to try it now.
     
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  13. tsaxer macrumors regular

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    hotmail recently made it so that you have to have their pay version for use with offline mail programs. Kinda stinks, 'cuz I'm trying to consolodate my mail management into just mail.app.
     
  14. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    You have pay to get the POP access.
     
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  16. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a

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    http://gmail.google.com

    Rest is self-explanatory.

    You have to have a mobile phone to sign up though, as a precautionary so real people are signing up, or people having 50 e-mail accounts or something like that. Still far better than yahoo or hotmail though...storage wise hands down and the free pop access which yahoo or hotmail don't offer for free.
     

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