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There are many hundreds of website and service providers out there that offer you the chance to use their email facilities for free, and I myself am a member of such sites, like Hotmail and Yahoo, just to name the most famous one's. When you sign up to these sites, you have the option to create your own email address, which has to be followed by @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com, however, with this email provider, you have a selection to choosen, which is brilliant, so they you have more control over the customisation of your email address.
The main downside to using this site, and probably the only reason why many people dont like using it is that is costs you money. Why would anyone pay to take advantage of an emial provider, when you have the likes of hotmail, who lets be honest offer the same service if not a better one but for free. It doesnt cost that much, as only around £20 a year, but it isnt the point. I wouldnt pay, and I advise you not to pay the fee either, it is a waste of money.
My recommendation would be to sign up for a free service and get a better service that you would with this site.
~ ~ In the six years or so since I got wired to the old World Wide Web I?ve had dozens of email addresses, with all sorts of different email providers. In common with most folks, I suppose my first was with Outlook Express, the free email service from Microsoft that seems to come packaged with every Microsoft Windows system. ~ ~ Then I began to discover sites like Yahoo, Lycos, and Hotmail, and opened new free email accounts with them. But they all had one big fault in common. That?s right; you guessed it! The bane of everyone who uses emails life. SPAM!!! I?d open up my inbox, and the page would suddenly be literally flooded with messages from all over the planet, offering me all sorts of weird and wonderful services, from penis enlargement cream to millions of pounds if I would only let them use my bank account to transfer money from Nigeria/Turkey/Afghanistan or wherever. ~ ~ Now the mad cabbie wasn?t born yesterday, and even as an Internet ?novice? had the nonce to realise that nothing in this life comes for free, and all such Spam emails were immediately deleted. But after a while, and after I had accidentally deleted a few genuine emails from friends or business associates, this Spam rubbish really started to get up my nose. I did have a good email service for a while, with ?Ireland.com?, the website of the Irish Times newspaper, but then they stopped offering the service free, and charging ludicrous sums of money to even access their website. (Even for someone who writes for the newspaper on the odd occasion! Sod that for a lark!) ~ ~ So I began to hunt around for another free email provider, where I wouldn?t be constantly bombarded with unsolicited mails. Quite how I came across the site I?m reviewing here, ?another.com?, I can?t honestly remember. I get the feeling it was as a result of reading an opinion here at Ciao, (or over at dooyoo) but I can?t say with complete certainty. What I *CAN* state with cert
ainty is that I am now a very happy and contented wee mad cabbie, because I have now been a subscriber to another.com for just over a year, and in all that time could count the number of unsolicited emails I?ve received on the fingers of one hand. ~ ~ You did read that correctly, by the way. I did say ?subscriber?. Because although another.com do offer you a month?s free trial of their email service, after your month is up they require you to pay them £23.95 to continue using the service for the following year. What initially attracted me to another.com was the fact that you can actually create your own exclusive email address. They have literally thousands to choose from, and you are bound to find one that either tickles your fancy or relates to your business or profession. As a subscriber, you can create up to 21 different email addresses, that you can use for different purposes. So I have an email addy that I use for personal friends and family, another that I use for any journalism work, and one that I use for my taxi and trade union contacts. ~ ~ Here?s just a wee selection of some of the email addresses that you can choose from. inmyopinion.co.uk (there?s a good one for all us writers!) the-names-bond.co.uk (any James Bond fans out there?) capitalist.co.uk (for all you would be entrepreneurs) chainsmoker.co.uk (cough, cough) OK. That?ll do. I think you?ve probably got my drift. There?s an ?A to Z? and a search facility so you can trawl through all the available names at your leisure. And as I said, there are thousands to choose from. ~ ~ Once your emails start to arrive in your inbox, you can create loads of different folders to store them in. A wee drop down box allows you to select at a click what folder you want to despatch them to, and, of course, you always have the option to delete them if you think they are in any way dodgy. You can also set up a Spam fi
lter, which will automatically send any designated emails directly to a Spam folder. I (so far) haven?t had to bother with this, because I simply don?t get any Spam with this email provider. One little quirk though, that I?ll mention in passing. For some weird and wonderful reason that I can?t for the life of me figure out, anytime ?jillmurphy? sends me an email, it somehow ends up being automatically sent to the Spam folder! (Does ?oor Jilly? lead some sort of secret life as a mad Spammer that I don?t know anything about?? Heh, heh) You can store up to 10Mb of emails in your folders, and if for any reason this isn?t enough for you then for an extra £12.50, you can add another 10Mb of storage. You also have the option to opt for 20Mb of email storage when you take out or renew your subscription, at an initial cost of £29.95 ~ ~ Another useful facility that I use is the file store. Here you can store up to 5Mb of files, and it?s very handy to be able to send any attachments you receive here. You can then scan them with whatever virus checker you use before you open them, just in case it contains one of those nasty wee viruses that seem to be forever doing the rounds using email. You have all the other usual facilities that you get with most email providers. There?s an address book for storing all the email addys of your contacts, and here you can simply click on their name (or names for multiple emails) and be taken directly to the ?compose an email? box. Another section that is useful is the ?overview?. Here you will be told how much of your storage facility you have used up, and how many active email addresses you are currently using. A tiny wee box at the top of the page keeps you updated with how many days you have left until your subscription expires. This is useful, as I would have most likely have forgotten to renew mine on time about a month or so ago if it hadn?t been for this. ~ ~ If any of you are mad w
ebsite designers, then for an extra £15 per year, you can have an ?exclusive domain? registered using whatever name you choose. Again, like the email addresses there are thousands to choose from, or you can create your own. I don?t use this facility, for the simple reason that my knowledge of HTML could easily fit on the back of a stamp. (with room to spare) ~ ~ I?m not going to describe the site layout and home page in detail, as anybody who?s interested enough can simply go and take a wee look for themselves. You know the old saying; a picture is better than a thousand words. One thing I will mention is the page colour. You can select what background colour you want your inbox to be, or, if you?re like me and like being surprised, you can set this to ?random selection?, and get a different coloured page every time you log on. (it?s fun) You won?t be bombarded with on-page advertising either. There area few banner ads right enough, but they?re not particularly intrusive, and you don?t get any of those damn pop-ups. ~ ~ I believe that in the past, another.com. was a totally free email provider, but this was before I joined the site. Anyways, as I said earlier, I don?t believe you get much for ?free? in this life, and no doubt when they were offering a free service, you were paying for it in other ways. (loads of advertising?!) Personally, I?m more than happy to pay them my £23.95 a year to live a happy and Spam-free existence. You can pay your subscription on-line by credit or debit card, or if you don't have a card, by cheque or postal order through the post. If you like the sound of it, then go and try out their one month?s free trial. Recommended by the mad cabbie. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright KenJ ~~~~~~~~~~~~
I became a member of another.com two years ago and loved the idea that i could have upto 20 email addresses that can relect your personality and that they all went into one inbox so you dont have to sign into lots of different addresses to check them all. The problem i have now is that they have now started charging for this service which is their perogative but as i have had this address for two years now and have given it out many times i feel i wasnt left with much choice but to pay or lose the addresses i have. The charge this year was £23.95 which by no mean makes this a cheap service, which is an increase on the charge the introducted last year, then it was £15.00 which i didn't think was too bad but I was quite shocked when i got to the website and found what it had been increased to this year. I have to say it is a good service but whether it is worth the money is a matter of opinion. I do think it is. it's a bit on the high side, as other website offer a similar service for free. Having said all that the facilities offered with another.com are good. the 20 email addresses, which when your sending an email has a drop down section so you can select which name you want to sent it from. This choice of names is never ending and it can take quite a while to select the ones you want. i have a variety from @cancergirl.co.uk, @yoursister.co.uk, @amnesia.co.uk, my son has @harry-potter-fan.co.uk The address book is handy with an email address like @ amnesia.co.uk you might have guess i dont have a good memory. (spent a week in a coma memory now shot) you can click on all the people you want to send an email to and they are transfered onto the email you are sending. A good facility they offer is what they call the signature, you type in what you want, and it will be automatically added to to end of your emails. eg. love from ..., your address etc etc, saves having to type it everytime. There is an overview section which shows your folders (inbox, outbox, and deleted) and what is in them and a list of the email addresses you have. The delete box is a good idea, i have been known to be a bit trigger happy in the past and delete things by mistake, so with this facilty you can rescue them. You can manage your folders with spam filters and a section that delete's things after a specific time ranging from as soon as they enter that folder to 90 days. For the price you get 10mb of storage but this can be increased by another 10mb for £12.50. They also offer domain names there description being the bit after the @. for £15.00 per year. which you will own as long as you renew it. only you and anyone you allow can create an email address at your domain. If you really want one you can have your email address printed on a t-shirt for all the world to see, maybe handy on a night out!
Another.com started charging for their service at the beginning of 2002. Many of the opinions on this site are either about how great another.com was when it was free, or how bad it is now it's not free. The service has improved since they started charging, so does the fact that an internet site isn't free make it inherently bad? I joined another.com when they were started as Funmail in the late 90s. Currently, they own over 15,000 domain names, of which many are rather funky, and allow you to customise up to 20 addresses to your heart's content. With domains such as @maytheforcebewithyou.co.uk, @dumbwit.com and even @s***hotmail.com you can have some real fun (there's no stars in the real address). Put anything you like before the @, and so long as nobody else has it, it's yours. Any e-mails sent to any of your addresses arrive in the same inbox, so you can have one address for friends, one for enemies, one for workmates, one for your pet, and so on, and see them all on the same screen. You could even have an address for junkmail, as you can filter mails to a particular address to be deleted instantly (you could be cheeky and have email@example.com if you like). You can pick a different name before the @ each time, so you're given loads of creative freedom. Another.com also offer a nifty e-mail forwarding feature where mails to up to 15 of your another.com addresses can be forwarded to an external address. If you already have an Outlook-based (POP3) address, this allows you to have their fun domain names without having to check mail over the web. You could turn forwarding off when travelling, and check mails from any internet-enabled computer in the world (or your phone if it's a posh one). PAYING FOR E-MAIL? Another.com caused quite a stir in the media when they announced their fees (if you've already heard this, you can skip this paragraph). Out of the blue came an e-mail from the another.
com team, giving all their members three days to decide - pay, or go. If you hadn't paid for a year's usage by the end of the three days, it was bybebye e-mails. Many users left, and lots (like myself) stayed. This was either a stroke of genius on their behalf or nasty bullying...I'm not decided on that yet. Whatever it was, it didn't take long before many of the other big free e-mail providers stopped being so free. Hotmail moved previously free features to their premium (paid for) service, with the other biggies adopting other such sneaky tactics. I admire another.com's honesty in this respect, rather than slowly pulling services away to annoy me in to paying, they just put their hands up and admitted that they couldn't cover costs with a free service. I had tried the alternative (hotmail), and figured that less than £2 a month was a good deal. For that I got 10Mb of e-mail storage (5x hotmail's), and an extra 5Mb folder to store any files I wanted in (useful for storing my favourite funny attachments for posterity, for example, or attempting to accumulate all the Bavarian cheese photos on the web). BUT IS IT ANY GOOD? My experience of another.com has been very enjoyable so far. My favourite aspect is that it is much quicker to load pages than services like hotmail because another.com have chosen a very simple interface. There are virtually no graphics to slow the site down, but that doesn't make it ugly. You can pick a colour scheme to suit your taste, many of which are rather tasteful (although they have included some for tasteless people - day-go pink and white, anyone?). And then there's the support, which is superb. I suggested a new feature I would like to see on the service in the wee hours of one morning last week. By the time I had woken up I'd got a personal response from the support team saying the like the idea and had put it on their wishlist! Now try doing that with Hotmail.
.. In response to user feedback, they scrapped all pop-up (and pop-under) adverts from the site. I come away from the service with the impression that there are real people behind the scenes at another.com, people who are actually interested in giving users a good service. I certainly don't get the impression it's a bunch of accountants tweaking spreadsheets to get the biggest numbers at the bottom! Do I get Spam? Fingers-crossed, I haven't received any yet with another.com (that's over 3 years). In comparison to my experience with hotmail, this is pretty amazing - my hotmail account filled to capacity with spam before I had told anyone my address - that's less than a month. I presume this is because the another.com addresses are so obscure, it's difficult for spammers to guess what they are. Whereas, if you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, there is a good chance someone will receive it. I have found the site to be very reliable recently (in 2000/2001 the site was taken down frequently as it was upgraded). The only problem I have had is the fact that excite seems to block some of the addresses. This is not another.com's fault, but it's worth knowing that you may need to experiment if you have friends with excite e-mail addresses. Actually, just tell your friends to use another.com...it's excite's fault in the first place! Although another.com's prices have now increased (£23.95 a year when I wrote this), they still offer great value for money in my opinion. For marginally more than hotmail's premium price you get a speedier service and the opportunity to create truly memorable addresses. As the another.com addresses really say something, many people print their addresses on t-shirts (available through the site, and yes it's a money-making scheme, but a fun one). You can get e-mail services for free, but you really do get what you pay for here. If you want fast web-based e-ma
il with a liberal spillage of fun, it's worth checking out another.com. I know every time I've told someone my address (email@example.com), I've got a little smile. And the smile is what another.com is all about. There's a free trial, so give them a spin.
Another.com……………….. This is a great place to create email addresses that you want...you want a unique email address that says something about you?? Well give this website a try... When you join another.com, you'll be automatically given the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, then you can create up to 20 email addresses personal to you, and not just to your email provider. You can collect and send email from your another.com account using any internet-capable computer anywhere in the known universe. You can build your own email addresses from a selection of 15,000+ domains. I have found it fun to "play with", I wanted a different email address which is plain stupid but might make people laugh if I ever use it I tried email@example.com and it worked, no I haven't given it out as an email address to anyone yet, I am saving that one for a rainy day!!!!! You can have 21 different email addresses, which is handy if you like getting free samples from different places but you don’t want to use the same email address all the time, or if you want to get the free sample again but you think they might notice the email address is the same. Someone’s brain is now working over time out there I think!!! You get 10 MB email storage quota and 5 MB file storage quota, which is quite handy I guess but I haven't used any of mine yet. They have even sell their own merchandise, which well if you want it, it is there for you. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Switch, Solo and JCB, so nearly everyone is catered for there. You can Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial to see what it is like. That’s a whole month for free then you can just forget about it. If you decide that it is for you then it costs only £23.95 for a year. You can pay simply and securely with one of the credit or debit cards I have already men
tioned. You can create a domain that is individual and exclusive to you, you can create up to 20 email addresses @ your-domain.co.uk You can also assign it to friends/colleagues so that they can use the domain within their domain.com accounts. £15.00 buys your own domain for a year (.co.uk domains only) and you can keep it for as long as you want, just as long as you renew it. E.g. firstname.lastname@example.org Have you got a website? Well guess what. You can 'point' the domain at your web presence so that your website can be reached by typing www.your-domain.co.uk. You can use all the services and benefits available at another.com All these are included within the price of £15.00 You can change your colour scheme; choose your another.com colour scheme from a range of swatches. For that extra thrill, you could try their surprise me option, and give yourself a kick every time you log in! This can be fun it brightens up my day. Subscribe to their special offers and mailing lists. Ok some can be junk mail but at the end of the day it is your choice if you subscribe or not. Forward incoming email to external email addresses, and divert incoming emails to folders you specify. I use the forwarding to my other email, then I have all my email in one place, it is very handy, especially if I am not sure of someone but I want to give him or her an email address to get in touch with me. Top up your account. Make sure you don't run out of time on your another.com account - it costs only £23.95 for a year. You can pay simply and securely with a credit or debit card. Your email signature. Create a text 'signature' to add automatically to your sent emails (you can turn it off in compose). Handy if you want to say one thing to many people or you want your address on all emails you send out. Personally I think this won’t be to everyone’s liking but if you don
8217;t want it don’t get it, if you think you will use something like this then go on do it. It will be worth the £23 odd pound you have to spend once a year to renew it. I haven’t even had my email addresses for a year but I am making good use of them trust me. If you do go there and decide to use it let them know who told you email@example.com
I have been using another.com for about 2 years, initially attracted -- as is everybody else, I suspect -- by the cool email addresses available. Initially the service was very good. So when another.com announced that their service would cease to be free, and asked users for £15 for a year's service, I had little hesitation in paying. After all, the email from the another.com management said, if you want this premium service to continue, you should expect to have to pay something. Which is why I now feel particularly aggrieved -- the premium service that I was used to has disappeared. Instead I am now left with an email system with frequent outages which takes up to 19 hours to deliver inbound mail to my mailbox. Yes, 19 hours. That's the worst case, fair enough, but it's not uncommon for mail to take at least 5 hours to reach my account. Luckily I use it for personal reasons only and not business... but still, this means that somebody who sent me an email at 11:44am yesterday morning (a geniune example which has prompted this review) either thinks that I'm ignoring them or not checking my email. Because I didn't receive that mail until I got into work this morning, and I was checking my mailbox up until I left last night at around 5:30pm. This happens frequently -- in fact, this is now normal. I do not expect to receive mail into my mailbox within less than an hour of it being sent. This is inexcusable. Besides this, there are frequent outages. It's not uncommon to see "Sorry, we are performing maintenance" -- during standard working hours. I work in IT, and I would never be allowed to do a system upgrade between 8am and 6pm. You schedule it for 2am to disrupt as few people as possible. On Tuesday (again, working hours) I logged in and all of my mail had disappeared. It was as if the link to my data store had gone -- my account was available, I could log in, but none of my messa
ges were there. Three hours later they returned. Pathetic. I have sent numerous messages using the "Feedback" button on the website and have never received a reply. I sent one yesterday, pleading with them to reply and explain the performance. Nothing yet. I'm not expecting anything. So, in summary: I'll be sad to lose my favourite email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), but I can't put up with this any more. I'm going to move my contacts away from my another.com account and start using (gasp!) Hotmail. OK, OK, it's owned by Bill. But I have another account there and it's quick, looks nice and as long as you don't publish the address anywhere you don't get problems with spam. Will I be paying another.com £15 next year? You already know the answer to that. I can't imagine many others will, either, which is a pity -- another.com was a superb service for a while, it does something that nobody else does. It would be a shame for it to be lost, but unless they sort themselves out I fear that to be the inevitable outcome. Don't give them your money. Please.
Having lost my patience with the British railways, the NHS, the Labour Government, Student Loans Company and all the other services that lie to you and say 'hey, we'll help you!', it was nice to finally find a reliable service. Another.com was, and I stress WAS, a wonderful little service that delighted me when it made opening emails easy, from whichever computer I liked, wherever I was and with just a couple of clicks. The mailbox became personal, with an ednless choice of bright pretty colours for all seasons, and the opportunity of making up your own domain. For the first time ever, I could say, email me at email@example.com! It made my friends' eyes roll with excitement, and gave me that little burst of joy! But, alas, everything must come to an end. I began receiving lots of 'spam' mail. Of a day, I would receive at least ten messages, advertising life insurance, horoscopes, prize draws and viagra! There would hefty messages that basically asked you to sign our life away and receive a free pen. And they were mostly from another.com's team of annoying advertisers. And then, if things couldn't get any worse, I arrived at the computer to check my mail one day and it asked me to send another.com money before I could read my emails again. The free service, which had been so friendly, began throwing stones at me and calling me names. We went our separate ways. We never spoke again. I got new friends, such as YAHOO. Don't rely on a free service. This is the UK, after all.
I stumbled accross another.com about two years ago and was enchanted by the concept of being able to have a say in my own e-mail address. For those who have not come accross it you can choose from various addresses like funnygirl.co.uk. I chose firstname.lastname@example.org and proceeded to use this as my main e-mail address (i officially have loads due to joining various sites). Two years passed without problem and I was happy with the service that another.com were providing. That was until last week when i entered the site to check my e-mails and found that another.com were going to start charging £15 a year for e-mail use. Now before you start screaming out that £15 is nothing really and that I am being a stingy cow, I would like to point out that many sites offer free e-mail and that another.com does not offer anything that they don't. The services provided are simply the same as any other e-mail service (i.e. sending and receiving e-mails, an address book, various folders, etc). I was further outraged to note that they had only given people 3 days to pay the £15. I did not pay the money and after the 3rd day attempted to go and check my e-mails and found that my username and password were blocked until i paid up. I have registered this e-mail address with many sites and even my mobile phone bill is e-mailed to it, so you will see that having it closed was more then a little inconvenient. I have now had to revisit these sites and change my details (and i'm bound to have forgotten some). I do not feel that 3 days is sufficient notice to close somebody's account, if given a little more time i may have though about the situation rationally and i may have decided to keep the account, however, I am now very, very angry and have no intention of paying them £15 for a service that I can get elsewhere for free. Just for the record, I did visit another.com to try and find out why they have applied this charge but was unable
to find an explanation on the site. I am in the process of contacting them (using my hotmail account) to try and find out why.
There must be thousands of email services out there. With hotmail being the most popular i recon. Others include Yahoo, Lycos and Freeserve. Good thing about another.com is it has a few email types to choose from. Such as email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Probelm is you have to pay to use the service. Yearly at £15 or £1.50 a month. Just to get the same beniftis as these other services. Email compose, storage, photos etc. The thing about this company too is, that when you go to the site its full of banners and adverts. Even inside your account these come popping up all over the place. It isnt even a safer service. Just being the same as the others. So i would keep your money and just join a service such as Hotmail.
OH MY GOD. Who the hell gave another.com permission to charge for their "service"? Initially I considered it to be a great site - 10MB of space, 20 creative email addresses and a funky customisable colour scheme. Then it went downhill. Ads kept appearing everywhere, and the objective of the site was more profit-focused. The emails arrived sometimes several hours after they were sent, and the server was often down. Now, up pops a sign telling me that my email accounts, which I've had for well over a year, are only going to be free for a further THREE DAYS and that after that, I am required to pay £15 a year for the priviledge. Instead of logging on and being greeted by spam/forwards/possibly useful emails, we are now greeted with reasons why we should pay for the service, including this sentence: "You see, free stuff on the net is HISTORY. Soon, everything you now get for nothing will cost you money" Is it just me or is that damned cheeky? They even manage to get a dig at Microsoft in there too. Granted that there will be no adverts, but we can all cope with a couple of those, especially if it's keeping our email free. The new package, at £15/year is EXACTLY the same. 10MB mail quota, and 20 email addresses. But, you get a free another.com phone logo. Hmm, not quite my cup of tea, and definately not encouraging to spend a hard-earned £15 to get it. Amongst the other "attractions" are pathetic discounts (5% or £5) in some online stores and free business cards. Basically, to conclude my rant, I don't think anyone wants to pay just to receieve their emails - I certainly don't. If they do get some custom, I just hope they use it to improve their reliability. There are plenty of other places to get free emails, so why should we pay? As far as I'm concerned, another.com have blown their good name and popularity, in the hope of making
a few pounds. Ah well, their loss. I'd like to suggest the good old www.yahoo.co.uk for a free, reliable email address. Not quite so fun, but I can't really see them ever charging for it - they have too many brains. I'm sure any other suggestions would be welcome.
Well I was just picking up my emails from another.com, which if you haven't heard of them, haven't used them, or didn't see the adverts on TV about 1 year ago, are (or should that be, were) are free email service. Upon entering my account, I was kindly greeted by a message from another.com asking me for £30!! Yep, another.com, one of the best email providers are now charging for their service. The service over the last 3 months has got worse - mainly with the introduction of god knows how many popup adverts for every screen refresh you carry out. Although the choice of domain names is extremely large, and some can be very funny, you can find more reliable systems that are still free. EMail delivery lately has been poor, sometimes taking as long as 2 days to receive a piece of email which took no more than 5 minutes to arrive in my BT account. As a final straw - another.com have kindly given its members on 3 days, yes 3 DAYS, to either buy-in or get out. Well it will keep me busy over the next couple of hours, changing all of my accounts including Dooyoo, Ciao and my newsreader signatures to something a little less interesting, but of a higher quality when it comes to customer service. My final word if you are thinking of joining another.com and paying £30 is quite simply; DON'T !!
At first this was a very good site, the prospect of having two e-mail addresses under one password was good, but what was better that you could really make some funny e-mail addresses. My friend was a member of this site and every time she would send me an e-mail it would be with a different address, to reflect how she was feeling etc. It seemed good so I went to join up. I think the best thing about this site and e-mail was that all your e-mail addresses were under one password I don’t think I could remember 20!!.You can receive e-mail world wide and it’s all completely free. So, what ever your mood you can have e-mail address to reflect how you feel. The good thing about this site was that if there were any technical difficulties then help was always at hand. You will find a help link on the site. Becoming a member was easy and although I didn’t use my twenty e-mail addresses all available to me but I had some good fun. Although, I am sure at times it is difficult for your friends to know which e-mail address to reply to. So, I also had another web based e-mail for the more ‘serious stuff’. I thought another.com was reliable and you certainly got a good service. At time my e-mails would be delayed but not by that much. Although, I don’t use another.com anymore I think it’s great if you feel in that ‘naughty’ mood and feel like having some fun. It is worth checking out because it’s a very simple service to use. Improve reliability and it will be even better. However, one of the reasons I have stopped using the site is because the homepage has become difficult to load up with windows popping out when you connect up. Three at a time which makes surfing the site impossible. But if you can overcome the speed of the site and the annoying windows that pop up, then you could have some good fun with this e-mail web site.
I was attracted to another.com free e-mail just over a year ago, mainly because of the 20 e-mail addresses in one e-mail account. That's about as good as it gets. The service was good when I first joined, but now, it's pathetic. I've just checked my mail today and seen that i've received a message that was sent to me FOUR days ago, and I only got it TODAY! So if incoming mail is hard enough to get, I thought perhaps outgoing mail would be quicker. I decided to send the same e-mail, at the same time, to two of my other e-mail accounts (BT Internet and Yahoo), just to make sure that the problems were with another.com. FIVE hours later, and still no mail in EITHER of my other accounts. BT and Yahoo can't both be down at the same time for the same length of time, so the problem is with another. Another major problem is adverts. Now I don't mind a few banners on a page, but when you get the banners and TWO pop-up ads, I have a problem. At least if anyone manages to get into my account, they won't read my mail because they won't be able to get past the adverts. Maybe i'm being a bit harsh, because it's a free e-mail service right? WRONG! Another.com have amazingly started charging people to register with them to have the pleasure of seeing and clicking all the adverts to make more money for them, and the honour of using a poor e-mail service. At least anyone who is reading this who isn't a member won't face any of these problems - as no-one will pay for e-mail surely, unless it's through your ISP, in which case you'd be getting a complete package. I'm now in the process of letting everyone that I know that i've changed e-mail addresses, because it probably won't be long until they start charging current users to use their poor service, so my advice...STAY AWAY!
You know I joined up to ciao a while ago don't you?, Y´all know it was a bet with a fellow dooyoo writer don't you?, well I bet you want to know what the bet was all about don´t you?, No?, well tough, its my review I'll rant if I want to. It was one night sat in a dooyoo chat-room, a prominent dooyoo writer started bragging that they could pick out any dooyoo writer on a different site just by their writing style, well I´m always one to shoot down claims like that, so I set down the challenge - I´d join another pay-for-write site, use a different name, write one opinion and leave it (obviously I´ve ended up writing a few more but still thats a whole other opinion). Well I needed a new e-mail address to provide my anonymity, and after hearing a few good things it was time to visit another.com (well okay, one good thing - they had a free £5 amazon voucher if you signed up with them). On first visiting the site one thing became clearly obvious - another obviously like their adverts, they are literally all over the place, but still its an online company offering free vouchers, so an advert here or there doesn´t hurt that much, anyway signing up was a doddle, they asked all the usual questions (Name, address, age, etc), and I gave the usual answers (Mr F.Ake-Name, 1 Not-real street, no-town, 1.1.1., etc), and it all slipped through the net - I could choose my user-name, easily done, I´d already decided on the ciao name so I went for the same again, and we were in. Now then, as I´m sure we all know the big attraction of another.com to most people is the fact that you can pick from thousands of daft domain names, this is one function I have since taken advantage of - basically you type in a rough idea of what kind of domain name you want, in my case I wanted one to change all my Grimsby Town Football Club mailing lists to so typing in Grimsby Town returned the domain `ilovegrimsbytown.co.uk´ - perfect!, a couple of button clicks lat
er and I had a specific address at the above domain name. But as a general e-mail provider, how good is it?, well its a teensie bit below average, at least once a month you´ll find that another.com will leave you a message informing you that the site will be going down for maintenance work and this is usually 6 hours a time, however when the site re-opens you´ll find that nothings changed, they may have added an advert here or there but that´ll be it, second gripe - if you´re e-mailing to an obscure address then its picky, sometimes it will re-bound, sometimes it won´t - there´s one that I e-mail to regularly and if I e-mail from my Yahoo address it´ll get there, but if I e-mail from my another account, well as mentioned above - its extremely tempremental, often refusing to admit that the address even exists. Next complaint - send me an e-mail in HTML, go on I dare you, it won´t be easy for me to read though, as any HTML that gets sent to me is automatically classed as an attachment and hence means even more clicking before I can open it. Final whinge time - honest, there isn´t a trash-bin for mails you´ve deleted, now I´m a clumsy oaf when it comes to deleting e-mails, the most important of important e-mails always seem to get swept up in the junk I delete, and when there´s no trash-bin, I can never retrieve them, it wouldn´t be the first time I´ve been accused of ignoring people, when really their e-mails been caught up in a massive delete-a-thon. Now then the good stuff!, there is some, honest, first off when sending e-mails to addresses that another likes you can be assured of a speedy delivery, and along with that, the whole site itself (when up and running), seems to be very quick, hop from one e-mail to your in-box in mere seconds (and thats good for NTL users), on top of this, you don't get any hassle if your inbox starts to fill up, current check theres over 100 e-mails in my inbox, and still no e-mail from another ordering
me to delete some (one day I may do that anyway). Spam then, do we get any?, not an iota, every e-mail sent to my address has been via direct interaction from myself, not one `sexy lawyer who´s quit her job in the city and become a porn-star'-style e-mail, which is a refreshing change after the joys of having a hotmail account. Finally, all e-mails are automatically saved in your sent folder, again this is a god-send for people like me, it wouldn´t be the first time that somebody´s claimed I said something to them in e-mail and I wouldn´t be able to remember, but now all I have to do is check it up in my sent e-mails folder and away we go. So all-in-all, would I reccomend them?, well yes and no, the lack of spam is a welcome factor of the site, but the fact that there´s a tonne of down-time, tied in with the lack of a trash-bin and the reluctance to send to some addresses, does make it not *that* good a service, but if that kind of thing doesn´t bother you then go for it! So its a shorter review than usual - its about an e-mail account, what did you expect?, an essay?
Another.com is certainly a candidate for best free email service provider. Not only do they provide you free email they also give you an incredible 10MB quota for your storage purposes. This is one of the largest quotas that I have seen around. Another.com also allows you to have upto 20 different free email accounts and you can choose your domain name from an unbelievable range. The choices range from the hilarious to the audacious and to the downright rude. Operating your email accounts is extremely easy even if you have numerous accounts. You simply need to select your favourite and whenever you open your Inbox this particular account will be opened. Moving from one email account to another is also quite simple. You just need to select the “domain names” select the one that you want to view as your favourite and then click on Inbox. They also provide you with the basic options for handling your accounts. One of the interesting options that they provide is that you can choose your colour schemes from a range of swatches. You can also send SMS Text messages from your email page, add your email signature to each message and divert mails from one email account to another. If you want to have your own exclusive domain name with only you and those you allow can use, then this is available for a fee of £9.99 a year. This will also provide you with web forwarding. Not only do they provide you with this extraordinary Free email service but they also provide you with other features that you may find of interest and these are: Play – Here you are provided with links to sites that offer you prizes for participating in competitions, games and lotteries. They offer a limited number of sites though and ones that many users will already be familiar with. The Hive – Here you join in the Community Center with other members and discuss music, sport, current events or whatever el
se is on your mind. Links are also available sites providing free greeting cards, SMS, Horoscopes and free visiting cards. You can also check your POP3 email accounts from here. Music – Here a few sites are listed where you can purchase your music CD’s and get information on things to do with music. Offers – This section is by far the biggest and provides links to sites providing special offers for many products ranging from Games, Software, Mobile phones, Clothes, Tickets, etc… Personally I doubt I would use any of these extra features since most of the sites covered are generally available and known to me already. What does attract me to another.com is the extraordinary free email services that they provide. 20 different email accounts and with addresses that you could never think possible and finally the huge 10 MB quota which very few free email providers can boast of. It is very unfortunate that I came across this site so late as I would have loved to have had some of my main email addresses here. However I still took advantage of their great service and registered two more accounts. I just could resist it, not with kind of names available. Check them out at there website: www.halfprice.co.uk