Email...What are you using and why?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rhett7660, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Since the HTTPMail is no longer going to be used/supported due to 10.5.3 and MS (for the time being anyway) I was wondering what does everybody use and why you use them?

    So far I have been looking at the following:


  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  3. dws90 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    .Mac isn't worth it just for the email. If you want to take advantage of the other features, it's great, but paying that much money just for an email account is silly.

    You can't really beat Gmail - it has more features than the others and is completely free.
  4. mail4asim macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2007
    Cincinnati, OH
    Yahoo and Gmail are both excellent options. I have been using Yahoo since 1999 and love all the features they have to offer along with the email. Google is somewhat newer, but now they also offer as many features .. if not more than Yahoo.
  5. .adam macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    I use - great web interface (includes storage, calendar, notes and address book), pop3/imap4/smtp access and a cool, professional email address:

    Give it a try!
  6. Shotglass macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    GMail. It does what I need it to do and does it well. Also, it has POP3 support, meaning you can route your other email addresses into your GMail account. The interface is acceptable, which is a plus as well. Also, when you have a GMail account, you can also use GoogleDocs and stuff.
  7. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Not another one of these threads, can't you search?

    Anyway I use AOL as it works with Mail flawlessly.
  8. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Gmail all the way.
    Works great with Mail (and you can now use IMAP - even better) but I don't use it with mail. I prefer the web UI
  9. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    I searched for this thread before yet most of them are outdated since Gmail has IMAP now.

    Currently I used since it sound more professional, seamlessly integrated, and I tried it when I first bought my Mac and the email is tying me down from moving to gmail ><

    However, I'll have to see how they update .Mac, if it's amazing I'll renew, if not I'll make myself go through the struggle of moving to Gmail.
  10. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    I have a .mac account, but if it's just email you want, I'd definitely recommend GMail above all the others - it's a good, solid, reliable service - more reliable than some of the mainstream paid providers in my experience.
  11. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    gmail + google notifier (running in menbar) + safari
  12. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    <shameless apple plug>

    I use Apple's Mail.
    I've used so many Mail clients. At the end of the day, they're all the same. They all have their shortcomings and flaws. But, I use Apple's Mail because it's easy, convenient, and works seamlessly with .mac. I need my mail synced between my MacBook, my Mac Pro, and my PC at work. And yes, it just works!

    </shameless apple plug>
  13. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    If you don't mind me using you as an example... Well Krye is a good example when .Mac becomes totally worth it, when you have more than one Mac.

    On a side note, using and Gmail is... err.. IMAP is screwing me over with all these folders o_O
    But to the OP, the question is, will you be using other features/benefits that .Mac has to offer beside email? If not, go with Gmail, if so then well try it out and buy it.
  14. rhett7660 thread starter macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Ah yes I can search and I did do a search thank you very much. In fact as others have suggested a lot of new stuff has come about. And if you do a search you will also find a lot of post regarding the HTTPmail plug in which I didn't want.

    Since gmail is now offering some new features IE syncing calendars, email forwarding etc I wanted to see how many would post about some of the gmail features along with .mac and yahoo.


    KJmoon117 and others, thank you.

    Those that use gmail, have you been able to sync with your iPhone calender or your calendar on your desktop? If so, did you have any problems setting it up and having it duplicate items? How is the syncing between the home calender and the calender at google?

    I am pretty much looking for something that does email, along with syncing my calendar.

    I am glad someone brought this up, this was another thing that was sitting in the back of my mind, I haven't come across to many people that have an email account that is gmail or yahoo. They just don't seem to professional, this is kind of hard to explain. When I think of google or yahoo email accounts I tend to think this is a throw away account that someone has.

    Has anybody else come across this? Does this make sense?

    Thank you for all the reply's.
  15. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    No problem,

    I'm not too sure about iPhone ordeal but does sound more professional yet it's easier to attract idiots, i.e. I had a bio teacher that when I told her my email was she entered it in as, I didn't get my grades for the entire quarter until I finally asked what's up lol
  16. pbbaker123 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    GMail, here's why

    in GMail, I can use a GMail IMAP with me@mydomain (that I have hosted on .mac) even though I don't have an email and hosting package with GoDaddy. All I have is my domain registered, that BTW does come with 1 free pop account. Which again is why I use GMail. So, now I have my standard GMail, plus the one that I use for my domain for 12 gig of email storage... So if your into storing a bunch of email, GMail is your Nirvana.
  17. mondesi43 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2007
    .mac for people i know - no spam
    yahoo for companies - 100+ spam emails in just over a day
  18. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I'm using a mixture.

    GMail for all my web hosting-related stuff, and my web host's mail for everything else.
  19. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
  20. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    .mac for personal e-mail and hosted Exchange 2007 for business e-mail
    Entourage as a mail client
  21. rhett7660 thread starter macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Thank you for all the reply's..... I am looking into the gmail thing as I am typing this!!!

    Thanks again, most helpful!
  22. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    Gmail is brilliant. Love the web interface, love the mobile phone application for email on the move, and love the ability to use pop3 with

    And my old hotmail forwards everything to my new gmail.
  23. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Gmail. Since my Yahoo account didnt work for free on Apple Mail, GMail is the next best thing I suppose :)
  24. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    Do what I do. I wanted the email address with the interface of Gmail.

    1. Tell .Mac Mail to forward all email to your gmail address and to not keep a copy in your .Mac mailbox.

    2. Add your email address into your alias list in Gmail so that you can send email out identified as coming from your .Mac email address.

    3. Select Default next to your email address in Gmail so that by default, all emails sent will show as coming from

    Done and done. That's how I've done it and I'm very happy with the results plus if I ever change email address' I can do the same thing, give everyone the new email while I continue to access the very same mail system with all mail already stored the way I do it.
  25. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    How? If I may ask?! Do you have a premium Hotmail account or a standard? Because as far as I know there's no way of forwarding mail from Hotmail's free service.

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