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      15.03.2010 21:52
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      In the end...its just another email server with its ups and downs

      Mail.com A few years ago I was fed up with the average names of emails such as yahoo.co.uk and googlemail.com - very unoriginal, although reliable, so I went in hunt for a free email site in which I could have a better @ something to suit me better. After looking through various links on google (got to love that search engine!) I came across mail.com. MY EMAIL DOT COM WWW.Mail.com is a free web based email site which allows you to choose from a range of different domain names. The sign up form is very easy to understand, filling in the usual information such as your name , birthdate etc and choosing a password and username in which you want for your new email address. It is a clear one page form with a security code to fill in at the end - very simple. On this page you are also asked to select your domain name from a list of around a hundred different domain names, all positioned under different categories for ease of selection. I wont list every domain name here as really the list is too long, though to give you an example of some please see below; Mail.com - this is the default domain name if you so choose to have this one, though personally if you are selecting this email site, I would think that you are wanting a more selective address. Category - Jobs Under this category there are many domain names which cover a good selection of different jobs such as; chef.net fireman.net graphic-designer.com mad-scientist.com teachers.org and many more.... I don't think you will find every different type of job here, though there is a wide variety to choose from, some serious and some (like the mad scientist one) humorous Category - Hobbies. A smaller list of domain names here though still a variety to choose from such as; Rockfan.com - My favourite and my choice in domain name. Petlover.com Collector.org Madonnafan.com Category - Locations If you would rather an email showing your specific location then there are many to choose from under this category such as; washington.usa.com swissmail.com pacific-ocean.com englandmail.com Being an American based email site I believe - there are more US state name domains though a good choice ofother countries too, though not specific places. Category - Miscellaneous Under this category you would find what you would probably expect from the category title - a very vast list of different domain names such as; 2die4.com angelic.com been-there.com cyber-wizard.com earthling.net mailpuppy.com And many more - most along the funnier side than the serious. ENTER YOUR DOMAIN As you see - the sign up is very simple and your email address is ready to use straight away after sign up. The email main site set up is very simple in simple layout and colours - nothing spectacular though do you really want that? All I want is to check my emails properly (and you get this fine - most of the time, though more on that later!). You have a range of different options to personalize your email address and messages from creating your own signature to attach to selected emails and set up auto reply emails which I have not had the need to try yet though I can see the benefits from this. You are also able to receive email from up to five other email addresses which has come in very handy for me recently as I have changed my email on certain sites though I don't have to think about checking every email address for new mail - it is all sent to my mail.com one which is great. I have checked a few times just to make sure it is working fine, and so far I have had no problems with this feature at all. There is a usual junk mail and spam filter on here which enables you to personally select the addresses you deem as junk or let the email filter them for you (which it does even if you select to choose your own). This is both a good and bad thing as it does keep junk mail from your main inbox on the whole, though also filters much needed emails and if you don't check your junk inbox regularly you could miss important emails - especially as it deletes them automatically after a short period of time. You are able to organize your email account with as many folders as you wish though you will have to add the emails to each folder as there is no filter for this - yet it enables you to keep somewhat organized (I have tried though I don't seem to be a very organized person in nature!). There are also some basic settings such as how you wish to view your messages etc, though not really many here at all. As far as I can tell - you cant change the look of your email so are stuck with the blue colours which is great if you love blue. There are selective tabs at the top of your email pages to make it easier to get to certain options such as storing your contacts list, a fully working and interactive calendar with large spaces per day to add what you want with a page to list only your events if you choose, and a basic notepad. There is also a forum and chat attached to this email with many different forums and discussions - this seems quite a popular forum though I have never personally used this feature. From what I have seen, it is well moderated though no real filters on bad words or age related discussions so be aware of this for younger members. A new feature they have recently brought in is a shopping tab which finds a ange of prices for different items from many different online stores. You are also able to read and write reviews here though unpaid unlike the great Ciao! There is a premium service on this email domain which does cost some money though I have tried to check on that a few times for reference in this review though every time I am greeted to a service unavailable notice unfortunately. I am not sure whether this is because they advertise it though don't run it or whether they are just always having problems which to be honest is probably the case. DOMAIN SUCCESS AND PROBLEMS I generally have no real problems using the email though quite often (more often than with other email sites) the server goes down or is unavailable which is pretty annoying when you are expecting an important email or two. This is one of the main reasons I have another couple of email addresses for the important ones. I have also found that on occasion, other peoples emails can not get through to my email address - the most recent is Ciao itself which causes problems for both me and the sender. This is probably one of the worst things about this email site - the constant problems with not being able to get into it. Other than this I am happy with the email though I wouldn't recommend it for receiving or sending important mails just in case. These free domains for emails do boast that they limit the amount of spam in your emails and I do admit, although I have read that many people seem to get a lot of spam through this email server, I don't find I do. Yes there is the odd one or two that get through though nothing to write home about really, and these few that do slip by can always be filtered. You do get a number of adverts on the bottom of emails which can be annoying though again, I don't really see that as a problem at all. You get a decent sized 5mb mailbox which stores a vast amount of emails - I have never personally got to the limit and sometimes when I haven't checked for days I get a fair few emails in there which is good, the regular features with sending mail, such as the actual writing and sending, using attachments and adding new contacts all work perfectly - no problems here. FINAL WORD Yes, this site does have a big problem with its server going down and us email users who need to get into our email though are unable to - and of course, this can be a big problem, though this is really the only problem I find - and I have a backup email for this which I can have my email from this address sent there and that does seem to work well on the whole - even if I cant get into my mail.com account so there are ways around it, though as said above - if you are going to send or receive many important emails then I would suggest going to a more reliable domain. The main advantage to this free email site is the vast lot of domain names you can choose form and there is bound to be something to suit everyone. I had a hard time choosing the best one for me as there was a few I really felt suited me. When the site is working fine then it works fast and efficiently and although doesn't have as many features as other email sites, it does do its main job...most of the time.

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        19.10.2009 23:30
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        What a wonderful service!

        Mail.com is absolutely wonderful! I have been with Mail.com for so long, I can't even remember how long it is now. I originally signed up when Hotmail threatened to close my account for no apparent reason. I signed up while the site was still called email.com, but they have since dropped the e. The site is free to sign up with, and is free to use from then on as well. This is wonderful, because you don't need to worry about making sure you are up to date with payments and such like. Mail.com hardly ever seems to have technical issues, and I seem to be able to log on at any tome I need, which is great when you are waiting for a particular e-mail. The site usually seems to load fast as well, which is always a plus! I personally feel this is a wonderful free service, and people should definately take advantage of it!

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        05.01.2009 14:49
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        Get emails easily with this webeservice!

        Mail.com is unlike most other webmail services. Whilst it's homepage offers the same as the likes of Yahoo, it's very different when it comes to signing up for their email. Instead of having a @mail.com extension (e.g. yourname@mail.com) you can pick from a number of different varieties. Such as yourname@europe.com, yourname@graduate.org or even something completely bizzare like yourname@mindless.com, because of this it's great for work or personal use. It has standard features like any other web based email. You can create and send emails as well as recieve them. You can manage your calendar through the option available, set up an address book and even a filing system so that you can store your emails and easily find them again later. You're given a lot of space as well, basic users are allocated 3GB of space which lets you store thousands of emails. If you want more space though you can upgrade to a Premium service for $29.99US a year. It's a great webservice if you want to avoid the likes of hotmail or yahoo and is easy to use and during my time of using it I've not encountered any problems. Hope this review is helpful!

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          17.06.2008 12:59
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          reliable, free, just the job

          I originally signed up to mail.com when I was about to change my Internet service provider and found that I was going to lose my email service I had with them. Initially it was intended as a temporary measure until I was with the new provider, but 2 years later and it's still my primary mail account. Features wise its pretty good... Upto 3 GB of storage, free customer service, anti virus and anti spam settings. You have a choice of over 250 names to use after the @ e.g. @mail.com or @email.com and there are lots to match your hobbies or profession. You log into your email from a dedicated web page which also acts a portal to other sites and contains news items. Its simple to use and can be accessed from any computer wherever you are. It has the ususal address book and calendar feature that you see on any email account. A handy feature I use is the ability to pull in external email from other accounts including POP3 accounts which I find really handy. Reliability is never a problem, I don't remember ever not being able to pick up my mail.

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            01.04.2008 19:13
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            Not impressed

            Mail.com offer everyone the possibility of setting up an email address for free. You can pretty much customize the ending of oyur email address, the part after "@" because there are plenty of choises. From the main page, just select the red option "register now" and follow the instructions. The registration takes no more than 5 minutes. I have used this email for some time, mainly to register for few websites. I must confess that the service is not as good as Google, or even Yahoo. It seems to take some time for the emails to be received. I began getting suspicious when I got some emails from an online survey company and I realized there were late. I sent a couple of emails from my corporate email to both my address with Google and to Mail.com and on one occasion there was a delay. Other than this, you can create folders like with most services, but I am not impressed.

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              17.06.2006 18:51
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              Go domain names!

              Email. Whether you hate it or love it, the fact is, in the modern world, you simply can't do without it. Nope, never, no how - just think, no amazon vouchers without email! Mail.com's name suggests a simple mail service, no frills attached. Well as far as the actual mail service goes, yes that's true, not that that's a bad thing mind you! REGISTRATION Now in most email services that you're probably used to the registration goes somewhere along the lines of 'choose a username'... 'sorry but the user name X is not availiable, would you like to choose one of the following?: x123 x1234 or x12345?' if you're really lucky you'll be able to choose if you would like .com or .co.uk. In mail.com, you generally get the username you want, here's why: They have TONS of domain names!!! And, they're good ones too, here are some of my favourites: myself.com earthling.net mindless.com mad.scientist.com cheerful.com So, you choose your username then the @ part then sadly there's the usual form - name, address, date of birth, name of pet budgie - nonsense you always get but after that and an invite to go premium, you're off! INBOX The first thing you notice in mail.com are advertisements, and lots of them. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of the whole site. However it is posible to find the small 'inbox' link. Once in the imbox (more ads) there's a fairly simple layout. You can select or unselect an email in much the same way as hotmail/yahoo/gmail. Once selected you have the options of: Delete Move to Report Spam Flag/Unflag It's not alot, but it's simple and all you need. If you click on the subject of the email, you are taken into the email content here you are able to preform such useful things as: Flag Reply Reply all Forward Delete Move to Previous/Next Printable verison (this is very useful) You are also given the oportunity to tell mail.com who your mates are 'Save address'; who your loathed enemies are 'Block sender'; and which emails were sent by artificial intelligence and therefore not worthy of your valued time 'This is Spam'. OTHER FEATURES It leads you to believe that you can search the web. Don't be fooled! This is not a google type search the web, its more of a 'search our sponsers' search. Don't bother trying it. On to the useful features. There's a fairly decent calendar with a daily view - you can schedual appoinments by the hour (9:00 10:00 11:00 etc) if you happen to be on the board of Mircosoft and are really that busy (I pity you). There's an address book, fairly standard and of course essential to all email. The address book has a search facility. There's a notepad for jotting down any random ideas about the meaning of life that may occur to you whilst checking your mail. As useless as it may be it's very simple to use - basically add note, save note, end of story. Then comes one of the more unique features of mail.com, e-cards. In case you don't know what these are, they are little electronic greeting cards that you can send to people by email often containing flash animation. The e-cards in mail.com cover a wide range of special occasions, from 'Birthday' to 'Back to School' to 'St. Patrick's day'. You can easily send them to members of your address book. One of my favourite features of mail.com are the games. These are downloadable and are mostly trial games, but they're still good to pass time. There have gaming genres of Action, arcade, puzzle and sports to name but a few. In CONCLUSION Although it is possible to go premium and go ad-free, to be honest the advertisements don't bother me too much and the free version is fine. I think mail.com is a very underrated email provider and I highly recommend it.

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                25.11.2001 22:48
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                I feel like I'm lost in space after mail.com cut me free without so much as a "goodbye." Several years ago, I bought what Iname.com promised would be a "permanent" E-mail identity. I used the account to forward E-mail to my ISP. Earlier this month, I noted an E-mail drought and went to Iname to find out what was happening. Iname has merged into mail.com. A note on the Web site said some addresses might be unavailable because data is being "migrated" to a larger server. No customers were notified of this change. There are no telephone numbers or addresses on either site, so everything must be conducted through E-mail. Mail.com promises an answer to all queries within 48 hours. I've sent three messages beginning last Monday 11/19 and have received no response a week later. Sorry, but mail.com has turned out to be a dead letter.

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                  19.07.2001 05:23

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                  Would recommend it if the service improves, otherwise not - Advantages: Can forward mail to any pop3 address, Can read email online, Easy to set up and use - Disadvantages: Server problems during the last few months - mail has bounced or taken several days to appear

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                  28.06.2001 05:32
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                  Well after a year online I discovered mail.com. They offered ample space for mail (in the region of 50Mb) and an excellent all round service. The main page can be slow and has many American orientated special offers and news flashes. It also tells you if you have new mail immediately with handy icons, although they aren't working at the moment. The mail features all the usual which you would find on any web-based account: - A selection of folders (inbox, trash etc) - The option to create your own folders - Filtering options to send mail from friends into separate folders. - Many configuration options. - Address book - And many others I don't use - Oh yeah and the standard write message (phew, almost forgot) As for speed, well it varies, usually quicker than hotmail 1-5 hours but recently it has taken almost a day, as they are upgrading servers. Customer service actually replies to you! I had trouble logging in to my account and wasn't receiving mail that I knew to expect so I sent them off an e-mail from my ISP account and they reply in a week letting me know that the server my account had been on was being upgraded and apologised for the disruption. I use this very frequently now and have only ever received one junk mail (over a year!). This service is far better than Yahoo or Hotmail, both of which I used for a very long time. The best feature of mail.com is the variety of address endings, it ranges from <username>@mail.com right to mine <username>@2die4.com while covering professions and hobbies along the way.

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                    02.06.2001 09:26
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                    • "long waits for customer service"

                    I used to use my mail.com account alot. It didn't have alot of features but enough for what I needed. I could access it anywhere and it is free, so the price was right. Now they have revamped the site. for almost a week I had no emails. I got new emails, but every other email I had stored in the site was gone. I contacted customer service and waited. A WEEK later I got me emails back. This was after getting the notice that if you didn't contact them about the old emails that they where going to be deleted. I was in a panic. I have information I need in those emails. I got back the emails. I thought everything was fine. I logged into my email account 3 days ago to find I have 3 more copies of my emails again. I had to sort through ever one and delete the extras. It took me hours. I was such a painful process mainly because the new system they have takes you back to first page of you emails if you delete emails from a page. If your are deleting from anywhere but the first page of your emails you now have to go page by page to figure out where you left off. I no longer can recommend this site as a free email site. It is not reliable and I don't feel comfortable risking my emails when there are sites, like Hotmail (see my review of Hotmail for details), that give premium service in a free email.

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                    12.05.2001 22:13
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                    I used to be a fairly happy user of Mail.com for about 3 years. I say fairly because although email was delivered quickly to and from my accout was it took ages sometimes to refrsh pages and read the next email. Also it sometimes didn't let you log in with IE5, and the solution was to use Netscape. Now here comes the crunch. I logged in to my account today and found a message that version 4 Mail.com had arrived. (Something also about Net2Phone.com had taken over Mail.com) But this meant that ALL, yes ALL my folders, including personal emails and my address book had been DELETED. I had certainly not done this and had been given NO WARNING that this was going to be done. Had I known I would at least have forwarded my emails and written down the contacts in my address book. I cannot understand how a company can expect to treat customers and get away with it. I am cetainly looking for another more homnest and relaible email service as from today. What a great start to the Weekend... :(

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                      13.03.2001 23:08

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                      Mail.co is an other of the thousands of free email sites. It's gimic is that you can chose your own domain, so you do not have to have someone@hotmail.com. This is a great idea, but they are not alone in the free email market with the same idea. Another.com offers the same thing but it is alot better. This is because mail.com only has a very small number off domains to chose from and you can't change them. Another.co has this market sucessed. When you regesister to this email address you get the same old boring name someone@another.com, but you also have the capability to have 20 more email address all running from the same account. this is where you can have different domains for different thing's eg work, fun etc. my addvice is this is an average email site, but it has not realy put it's gimic to it's full potential. the site is allot slower than hotmail to load up, so it does not have any one upmanship on that. Also another.com has more domains with more freedom. So this site is not that good.

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                      09.11.2000 22:24
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                      I’ve subscribed to this service for a good couple of years and apart from a couple of weeks where mail was taking ages to get through, it’s been excellent. I’ve had a number of ISP in the 5 years I’ve been online and mail.com has meant that no one has to know which one I’m using. The fact that it is free also adds to the value for lack of money. The options allowed within the service are good and whilst I only really use it to make sure my friends and relatives can always reach me, the other services provided are also good, if that’s what you need. All in all, a great service.

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                      07.11.2000 22:24
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                      www.mail.com offers a free email address which i have been using for several months now i found it to be very reliable and the online help is excellent for the beginner the site is fairly easy to navigate and it is very easy to get into your account to read your emails the speed is a bit of a problem though as at peak times it is almost impossible to login. i recommend this email service as it is very reliable and easy to use even if it is a bit slow.

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                      24.10.2000 05:33
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                      Like many I have several e mail accounts each being used for a different purpose. One for beenz, one for personal correspondence, one provided by my ISP for dooyoo & one that is a general account for the whole family. I don't quite remember what led me to mail.com in the first place but I am glad I found it. I started out with a Yahoo account as back in the old days when we paid for access & phone calls, my ISP provided e mail but at an extra cost! As the family grew so did the incomming mail. I am not one to read others mail but at times it is inevitable. Not all incomming mail makes it clear who the recipient should be. Mail.com provided me with a secure mailbox for my own personal use. The major plus was the choice of address offered. I chose to use my Christian name & initial foffowed by @ & then a choice of many different endings many choices were based on countries or occupations. The end result was a truly personal & rememberable e mail address. The service is free & easy to use. All my teenagers now have their own personal accounts.

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