Okay, it's time for a rant. I don't complain much, you've really got to upset me to get me to do that and I guess my last email provider really did that! Before I got my computer, which wasn't that long ago, we had a Sky minidish and digibox installed. I know that what I am about to talk about won't apply for most of you because youv'e got computers and therefore wouldn't need to email through your TV. Which, as you have probably guessed, is what I had to do. When I applied to Sky they were offering a free keyboard with the package which you could use to email through Sky. It arrived a month after our minidish and digibox instalation. I had to call the Sky customer services team for help setting up my Talk21 account and they very helpfully pointed me in the right direction. At first I was really pleased with my new email account and quickly started sending emails to everyone telling them about my new email address. It cost 12p to connect, then the local rate phone call after that. This, as it turned out, posed to be quite a problem. Firstly I would like to whinge about how painfully slow the Talk21 service was. Whenever I selected anything, ie: inbox, outbox, send, reply, save even page down, there would be a half minute wait. The most common two words to ever appear on that screen were 'please wait'. You can't read the emails off line, so the more emails I got the longer I spent on line. If the email was long then I would have to page down, which I usually did half way down the current page so that it would have paged down by the time I'd reached the bottom of the page. You can't read attachments, so if I received one which really had to be read I would have to wait until I could borrow my dad's computer, go to the Talk21 web site and access my email account from there. All this was rather annoying in itself, but not something that on its own would make me compl
ain. So we come to the other complications. At regular intervals I would press a button to select something and I would be ejected from the system for no apparent reason that I could tell. This of course meant that I had to pay another 12p plus call charges to get back on line. I know it's only 12p, but when it happens time and time again it soon mounts up. I also on occasions encountered problems getting on line or, once online, getting my account up. In these cases a note would come up saying that there was a fault, giving you the customer services number to call and quoting a fault number. I really felt sorry for the people employed to answer the calls because these faults happened quite regularly. Sometimes the fault was due to Sky, but mostly I believe it was due to Talk21. I suppose the last straw was when the phone bill arrived. It was three times what it normally is! I know BT are losing a lot of money and now I'm beginning to wonder if this is how they're trying to get it back! Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Talk21 a BT service? Once I got my computer, I accessed Talk21 through that for a while. I still found it very slow and quickly abandened it. Unfortunately I think my previous experiences had also put me of to a certain amount.
About one week ago I had an account at another.com and an account at talk21.com. Since I preferred my another account; whenever someone I liked asked for my e-mail address I would give them my another address. But when someone I was not so keen on asked me for my address I would give them my address at talk21. But now another has said that if you want to use it you must pay I simply switched to my talk21 account for everyone. The reason I had been using another rather than talk21 was because I preferred the layout of another and how I could have my adress@whatever I wanted it to be; instead of simply @another.com. Both these things are nice to have but do they really matter. Incase you had not guessed already talk21 is a mailing site. The only reason I have given it four starts is because I do not like the lay out. But that is only a frill and it does not actually matter. The site is very easy to use and the address book is brilliant. However, my favorite thing about this site is the SMS notification. If you have a mobile phone you can set it so that whenever you receive an e-mail your phone sends you a message saying who it is from and what the subject is. It is really useful and it means you never waste your time checking your mail! I think that is very useful. I do not know if you can do this on other sites and I do not want to know, so do not bother saying in any comments please. I like this site because of all these things and before I go I would like to make a statement: I have never had a single letter of junk from talk21, unlike when I was using hotmail I got millions of junk!
Bureaucratic Tendencies ... Barely Tenable ... Bloody Terrible ...Badly Turned Out ... Beautifully Tense ... Boringly Turgid ... Benefits Tiny ... Bodged-up Tools ... Buncha T***s ... Bendy Toes (eh?) ... Whatever!!! We've all got our views about BRITISH TELECOM and they're almost universally critical these days. Mrs D and I are as very unimpressed as anyone in this regard, but there is one offering in the BT stable which is difficult to fault, and that's the Talk21 free e-mail service. This is BT's contribution altruistically to the government's desire to get the UK on line and the 21 in the name refers to the 21st century apparently. For a free e-mail service, Talk21 is an amazingly strong offering. It offers almost 5Mb of web space for storing the messages and there's a pretty unique filtering function which allows you to send off junk mail to a trash can or alternatively send all messages from an individual e-mail account into a designated folder, which is a pretty neat trick. Another nice add in is the neat SMS text messaging service which allows you to send up to 160 characters to a mobile telephone. The message will always include your e-mail address at the start and though this is unlikely to be a facility you want to make too much use of, it's certainly a great deal cheaper than the normal cost of sending a text message from your portable phone. My own experience with Talk21 dates back two or three years to when I first became an Internet user. It was the first e-mail facility which I used and I always found it extremely safe and reliable, though it didn't sport many of the features like SMS back then. As I used BTInternet as my flat rate ISP, the e-mail service was completely free. Talk21 can be used as either a web based e-mail or via Outlook Express POP3 - when I started up I wanted to use OE for everything, but over recent months I've become much more sold in to the benefits o
f a web based service. The fact that Talk21 is superb for either avenue is a great benefit. All told, Talk21 is about as good a free e-mail service as I've seen anywhere, although I tend to use my aol account as my main one of choice. Talk21 is a useful backup, although I haven't made that much use of it, if truth be told. You access your account via the web site www.talk21.com and it's extremely functional and effective if a little basic. It doesn't particularly impress as a portal, but then you're not using it for its portal, are you? It's also a bit clicky and doesn't move very quickly between the various sections. It's not exactly intuitive, although you will quickly get used to it. Signing up for your free Talk21 account is surprisingly easy and takes only a couple of minutes and you're up and running almost immediately. The help function on the site and the instructions are thorough and very user friendly and they will walk you through tasks such as setting Outlook Express to receive your Talk21 messages. The filtering function is a bit more complex and I have to admit it scared me off and I never bothered getting round to it but then (as Mrs D always says) I'm a lazy git. You can integrate the service with a WAP enabled phone (although I've always been extremely wary of going down that particular route), and you can set things up such that a text message is sent to your phone whenever an incoming e-mail message has been received in your Inbox. Now that is useful, although I can imagine it would get extremely irritating if you get loads and loads of e-mails to your account. I guess you need to be selective about who has the address in order to get the best use of this particular function. I'm certainly not going to clue Mrs D in to the facility because she'd soon start nagging me to let her have a mobile phone and the bills would really start to go through
the roof at that point. Okay, summarising things down, I hate to admit it, but Talk21 is a pretty neat service with few of the service problems you normally associate with the initials BT. It's fast and reliable. For example, when I sent my first text message to my mobile phone to test it, it was delivered virtually instantly. There's easily enough storage space unless you are one of those hoarders that never deletes anything. I've been used to some quite lengthy delays with a lot of free e-mail services, so I was extremely pleased with that. I've also not experienced ANY system down periods so far, although, as I've already said, I haven't been that heavy a user of the account. It is substantially better than the BTInternet e-mail account I used to 'enjoy' which would never allow me to take messages via the web site account - I could only get at my messages via Outlook Express and unless you completed the download of the full contents of your Inbox then they would stay cluttering up your account. This can be hell if you go away on holiday if you've got a particularly heavy e-mail account and you can soon be rendered a slave to the machine. Happily Talk21 doesn't suffer from such drawbacks and I have to say that it's highly recommended if you want a good basic e-mail account that won't let you down.
FREE FREE FREE and no your certainly not seeing things! Talk 21's FREE email site gives you the choice and freedom of using all of its varied services and all at the cost of nothing. Unlike other leading free email sites and services i have come across, Talk 21 one has that little extra bonus provided with it and its called - realiability. Unlike other leading sites there is always a tie somewhere but with this one there really isnt any hidden disadvantages. With its choice of so many different services it also allows you to link up some of them with your WAP mobile phone, if you have one and i have found that this has become incredibly useful as i can access intenet material whilst on the move. To my knowledge Talk 21 is by far one of the best and most reliable email sites on the net and i am about to explain why. THE SITES SERVICES: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES Talk 21's huge range of unlimited services can come across as pretty impressive and because they are all FREE this is probably what makes the site in my opinion to be most beneficial. Firstly theres the FREE email that once you have signed up you can use as often as you like. With this service you can also link your email inbox up with your WAP mobile phone so whenever you recieve an email you are instantly notified by a text message. I found this to be particulary useful as it saves wasting time logging into your inbox to find you have no new email messages. Another advantage of Talk 21 is that it also allows you to send FREE SMS text messages to another mobile phone through the internet. They are simple to use and you have an unlimited number to send which i found was particulary useful as i have saved up to £10 of mobile credit just by using these free SMS text messages. This service is handy if you are like myself who uses text messaging as a form of communication quite regulary and what makes this service even better is its relibility as unlike other FREE SMS services my
text messages actually end up at the other end. Other Talk 21 services include a regulary up dated news and weather feature which is helpful, also this includes other items such as Music, Entertainment, Travel, Games and a Search for jobs site which is also included free of price. PRICE: This is the best bit, its ABSOULUTLY FREE with nothing to pay and also has no ties within it. OVERALL: MY OPINION A brillient and useful site with the added bonus of its reliability. An email site which has many helpful and reliable services all in just one website. I'd recommend this site to anyone who would like the use of a FREE email address, FREE SMS text messages and FREE WAP services plus many more all for the cost of nothing with the reliabilty and choice to go with it :) Definatly worth it.
talk21 highlights: With our Enhanced SMS Notification service, you'll not only know when you have a new talk21 email, but you'll also know who it's from and what the subject is! Log in and visit preferences to find out more! The benefit of this service is that you do not have to keep logging into you account to check whether you have received new mail - instead we tell you that you have new mail. There are two ways of doing this - you can have notification set up on your mobile phone or you can use BT's Call Minder service. To find out more log on and go to preferences You can use SpeechMail to access your talk21 account from your home or mobile phone! Listen to a demo on the welcome page. Pick up your talk21 emails using your WAP phone via the BTinternet WAP Portal at http://wap.btinternet.com/. Once you are in the portal, click on Communicate and you will find talk21. talk21 was created to help everyone in the UK to be able to keep in touch in the 21st century. This part of BT's Millenium Programme. talk21 is enabling the Government to meet its pledge to provide an email account for everyone in the UK over 9 years old.
Talk21 offers some useful features but I have found this service to be very unreliable. I bought a program from the internet and used my Talk21 email address to receive my verification code. I tried to login to my account and it was not working so I couldn’t use my new software, which I paid £20 for one week. I tried phoning their phone number which was just a recorded message saying “The network is working” this was no help what so ever. The support line charges £1 a minute so I didn’t phone them I just had to keep trying until it was working again. My account is now working but it is very slow and is not as good as hotmail. I thought BT would do better since they practically invented the internet in the first place!
Talk 21 is BT's free email service which was launched as part of the millenium celebrations to give everybody the chance of a "Free" email address which they could use on any internet connection. In practice Talk21 is similar to most other webmail services. The amount of storage space is fairly small at less than 4Mb in comparison with other services such as Yahoo Mail but it does have some nice features, such as: * Send SMS messages Free to mobile phone users, much less fiddly than doing it via your phone. * Pick up your emails via internet, WAP mobile or best of all from the TV if you have Sky Digital. * Ability to filter out certain email senders or automatically file certain emails. * I don't get anywhere near as much Spam as I do on my Hotmail account. * Pick up emails from other POP3 mail accounts using the Talk21 inbox. * Seems fairly reliable and performance is average. Things Talk21 doesn't do as well are: * Emails displayed in frames and over multiple pages. This can make sorting emails take longer. I have a Windows CE device and this cannot use Talk21 because of the size of it's screen and the fact Talk21 uses frames. This is most annoying. Hotmail and Yahoo Mail work fine on the same device. Overall Talk21 is great if you send a lot of SMS messages, would like the ability to pick up email from WAP phone or TV in addition to internet and still use the same account. Talk21 is part of BT, so you can be pretty sure it will be around tomorrow and you won't lose your email address. Not the best but a pretty good job. *UPDATE* BT has introduced a new rule whereby your account can be suspended and mail deleted if not used for 90 days. This is not uncommon but something you should be aware of. The account will be reactivated if you log in after 90 days but all mail will have been deleted and new mail refused. If an account remains unused for 1
2 months it will be closed and the username made available to be reallocated.
If you want a free easy to use email service then you can't really go wrong with BT's Talk 21. The main page of the website (www.talk21.com) is a web portal with links to many websites and a few discreet adverts. There is a search engine bar at the top, the username and password bars, and a new user register button. Simply click that and you will have a Talk 21 email account within two minutes (unless your email address is already taken). Then all you have to do to access your account is type your username and password in the boxes on the main page. Provided you put in the right password this then whisks you off to your email inbox. On the right half of the screen are the help guides and on the left is the inbox. Here you can choose to read messages, send emails and SMS messages, and also add and remove people from your contacts list (like an address book). When you login it loads into your read messages inbox. There are quite a few folders in this inbox which you can file your emails into (sent, drafts, trash, family, friends, work). When there are more than eight emails in any folder the oldest are pushed onto a second page which you can easily access by selecting whichever page you want. You can also setup mail filters to stop the horror that is spam (junk email, usually adverts). Sending email is easy and there are buttons allowing you to attach files, add your signature (a message which goes on the bottom of every email you send) and add other things such as a background and spell check your message. The only problems I have with Talk 21 are very minor. They occasionally send you adverts (about once a month) and a Talk 21 advert is attached to the bottom of your sent emails (its very small). This all sounds as though Hotmail and others beat it but Talk 21 has useful ways of retreiving your mail. For me, when I receive an email an SMS message is sent to my mobile phone telling me who its from and
what the subject is. Then if I want I can go on their WAP website (wap.talk21.com) and read it. This is useful if I am out and about or otherwise away from my PC. You can also access from a landline phone although I've never tried this. The service is web-based meaning you can access your account from any computer in the world. So if you want free email and you want it good, choose Talk 21.
My mate came round to my house and he was checking his e mail. As we had nothing better to do, we registered my own free e mail thing. It was very easy to register, I filled in all of my personal details, choose a user name and password TA DAH!! all done. I loggeed in and checked out my new inbox.I had a nice little mail from Text21 explaining how to use all the features of my mail, quite useful as I later found out there was even a feature to send SMS Text messeges. I had a go at sending a messege to my phone and I was amased at how quick the messege sent and how quick the messege got to my phone, It was all in a matter of secconds PLUS you can send as many messeges as you want in a day,not like other services where you are limited to about 3 per day. It is simple enough to send and read messeges in your inbox and its easy enough to reply to an email, However pictures dont seem to come out when they have been sent in the emial,maybe im doing something wrong...im not a computer nerd......... Anyway I am altogether impressed with Text21 and I reccommend it to you, WWW.Text21.com
Having email dotted all around the world is an advantage when one email account is down. There are however disadvantages with this namely when: *you get asked for your email address...its a case of "which do you want?" they reply "any or all of them" you then reply "what all 37 of them?" *you go to an email account you havnt accessed for a while - and for the life of you you simply CANNOT remember your "Username and Password". So you spend the next 20 minutes of your life typing in ALL alternatives you could have possibly dreamt up at the time of setting up the account. *junk mail....isnt it a total waste of time! Ok so you, well I, can cope with the odd "Free Shares" offer in my hotmail accounts...but when, like with email.com it takes around 13 minutes to delete just one, yes thats one! email - it gets VERY annoying! So onto Talk21.com! I first came to hear about Talk21 when a friend of mine had Sky DIgital installed. She now had her first ever email address! Well I left it at that until I decided I was fed up with trying to figure out all my POP3 servers to set up freeserve accounts efficiently in Outlook Express...so I went straight to the Talk21.com site! Since then it has to be said I do not like sticking to one account for long, hence ive now got countless email accounts! However this is through no fault of Talk21.com. They truly are a good email server. Its as you'd expect - Talk21.com is run by BT - so you'd expect a decent service really. However good it is though - in my opinion hotmail.com still beats it - I use hotmail.com as my main one, and I simply love this service. However Talk21 does come second on my list of email accounts! (So its not bad out of all the ones I have!) The email system takes a rather different approach to most, if not all (I cant remember them all!) other email accounts I have. The layout of the system is
generally based around frames. This layout, in my opinion, generally works well. As for the email aspect of Talk21.com is basically like any other web-based email account system. You get the normal facilities: Send, recieve, address book, signatures. It does have a couple of additional features though that not many have such as the preview email facility. Personlly Ive never used this - but I suppose its there should you want/need it! It also offers a spell check facility - which not all do. However they're not essential with the added advantage of the "Cut and Paste" facilities on PC's these days! Great features include: SMS messaging is included and text messages can be sent to any mobile free of charge. Yes I said FREE! this sure beats spending 10p to send the message from my mobile! However in my opinion the best, most brilliant thing about Talk21.com is the fact that everytime you have new mail - they will let you know on your mobile by SMS (if you have one - and assuming you give them your number!) This saves countless time faffing around trying to access all my accounts to check - when I clearly know before ive even gone whether ive had any or not! This simply should be adopted by ALL email account services - its such a good idea! And dont forget - this service is FREE!!!! The message sent has the time, sender and subject of the email. So far ive not had any emails when it hasnt notified my or vice-versa. So it seems to me to be a very reliable service. (Makes a change from the norm I suppose!) As for the site itself: Graphics: Nothing special here really...pretty average. Advertising: Generally kept to a minimum. Colour schemes: You may think this is irrelevant for an email service - right?! Well one question for you: Have you ever tried reading something written in pale yellow on a white background? No thought as much! The colour schemes are pretty average - nothing new or fancy...but at least its practical! Fonts: Same as above really - nothing fancy....but practical. Only disadavantage mainly is its speed. It simply isnt as fast as some - but MUCH quicker than some too! Generally id say give it a go - particularly if you have a mobile phone!
I remember the good old days when talk21 was a decent email service, it was fast, efficient and it did the job. But lately (since it has become officially affilliated with BT Internet) talk21 really has become appalling. After logging in you're taken to your inbox, but before it let's you even see the subjects of your emails, you have to sit and wait for the adverts to download - and at last count, there were 6 of them. So, OK, once you're actually able to read the subjects of your email, you then have to wait for them to load - admittedly, I don't have a very fast internet connection (56k), but still, I'd expect a little bit of text to load faster than it does, also, I have had on around 3 occassions problems with downloading attatchments with talk21 - it seems that the server can't handle some types/sizes of attatchments, and this results in you not even being able to read the text in the email. One final gripe I have with talk21 is that when you come to log out, you are automatically forwarded to and advertisers site, or one that promotes BT internet. No 'Goodbye', or 'Thanks for using Talk21' - just adverts. Most annoying! One good thing that can be said for Talks21 however (and this is probably the only reason that I still use it) is it's support for text messaging - it allows you to send text messages from your account and also notifies you by SMS when you have new email waiting (this is a feature I have had to turn off though, as when I started receiving up to 10 text messages a day, it got a little annoying).
I signed up to Talk21 about a year ago, because you can get e-mail through you Sky digibox, fair enough. But then about 5 months ago, I started using talk21 on the computers at school because you can use the same account that you use for Sky. I found this email site very fast, and had a good layout. But since then, it has undergone a re-design, and it is now in the realms of terrible. For a start un-read emails kind of seem to be in the wrong colour, and are a duller colour than un-read ones which can be confusing (like when you click a link on a web-page it turns duller to show you that you have been there). Also the worst part is that it is VERY slow indeed to load up. The site seems to load the MULTIPLE ads before your mail, which can take a long time, added to the fact that it is simply to slow anyway. I found that from pressing the enter button, after putting your details on to logon, it takes approximately 40 seconds for the page to load, compared to Yahoo for example, which will take you about 10 seconds for you to get in. This is very annoying, which has made me change my email using to Yahoo, and everyone.net's email system where you can have web-mail for your website. (eg if you own www.somesite.com, then you can set up webmail -which is fast, so you can have firstname.lastname@example.org and let all your friends use it too) Overall, was quite good, but now is way too slow for any user.
Wow! Now this is one of the best email services that I have ever seen. Not only is it 100% free to sign up and use but you can check it on the internet, open on your Tv and via your wap enabled mobile phone! Plus you only need one accound to check them on each format! It takes about 1 minute to signup and from then on you can use the service as much as you like for free! The email server seems to be very fast as email is in your inbox before you can say "great service"! On the internet, it is well layed out, similar to outlook express as you can read and check your emails at the very smae time using a complicated frameset! You can set folders and delete email in bulk. It has 8 emails per page for a quick loading time and only 5 per page on the wap site for even quicker loading time as wap is fairly slow. On open, it downloads 10 emails at a time and it very fast for only a 38.8k modem inside your tv. It's great for people who just can't wait to check their email!
Being an internet user who has never had a home connection, I think I can fairly regard myself as something of an expert in the field of free e-mail services. I've been through most of the field in my time, and found some good services and some not so good ones. Talk21 first attracted my attention around a year and a half ago. At the time, I chose it because my current free web-mail service couldn't handle attachments. I was also attracted by the stability that the backing of a major telcom would provide - in this case, BT Internet, which operates the service. However, in all this time, Talk21 has never managed to work its way any further up my "free e-mail" list than third place. I've always found other services to beat it, but that said, Talk21 has always been there and it does have an impressive array of services. Talk21 is part of the BT Internet network and as such the login page is littered with content from the various BT sites, not all of it relevant. There are better news portals out there, and if anything it only gets in the way of checking your mail. However, this is a minor point and some users may find the integration useful. The initial page design is average at best, but it must be said, also functional. The web-based e-mail system takes an unusual approach. The layout of the system is currently based around frames, with the top frame being used for advertising and the key navigation functions - read, write, preferences and help. This layout generally works quite well. Beneath this frame, the screen is split into two vertically, with the left listing e-mail and options, and the right displaying content. Although it looks unusual at first, after a while you find this to be very effective as you can quickly cycle through mail without having to constantly return to an index page. The slight drawback to this, however, and one which also negates the advantages of the frames approach, is that each fr
ame is constantly re-loaded when you would imagine there is no need for it. Although this does keep everything up to date and in sync, it can become infuriating as you are forced to wait for pages to load after every small operation. The e-mail aspect of Talk21 is very similar to every other web-based system you've ever seen out there - send, recieve, signatures, address book, and so on. It does have a couple of additional useful features which distinguish it, though, such as a preview button (very useful for important messages) and even better, a spell checker. This is fairly rudimentary but does a good job of rooting out the most obvious mistakes - a boon for the less gramatically skilled among us. Talk21 can also be used to send attachments, a capability not all free services offer. Where Talk21 excels is with it's additional features, that very few other free providers offer. It manages to integrate these well, mainly thanks to the backing of BT which undoubtedly provides the support for all these extra services. In particular, SMS messaging is included and text messages can be sent to any mobile free of charge. Compared to the average of 10p per message when sending from a mobile phone, you can make great use of this. The system uses one number to send all messages, so every message you send is prefixed by your e-mail address @talk21.com - this eats into the available number of characters, and means the message cannot be directly replied to, but these are minor inconveniences from a free service. The advantage of Talk21's service is that SMS is incorporated into your e-mail, creating a central communications area (as opposed to using a free e-mail site and another free SMS site). SpeechMail is also available - although this is expensive at national rates from a mobile - as is Call Minder notification. Best of all, though, is the SMS notification available. This free service sends an SMS message to your mobile when
you recieve new mail, a very handy feature. The message includes the time, sender and subject of the e-mail, allowing one to decide whether to bother replying immediately or wait a while. Personally I find this feature fantastic as it allows me to use my Talk21 address selectively, and be notified when I recieve the few new messages I do get. Usually these services would come at a charge so anyone who uses these regularly would find Talk21 very handy. Advertising is kept to a minimum and the site is tastefully designed, with easy to read fonts and minimalistic graphics. Perhaps the only drawback is the regularity of server problems - quite often, I have visited the site to find I cannot login due to too many users being on the system or some other mysterious ailment. For a site hosted by BT you would expect better than this, and it can become a major inconvenience if you have recieved an SMS telling you you have new mail. Also, BT apparently have deals with other websites, as when you log out of the site, you are immediately redirected to a seemingly random site which can become irksome after a while. This aside, Talk21 is a very competent service, if one with an unremarkable address. When it works, it works well, and the extra free features will be invaluable to some. The e-mail system itself has been bettered elsewhere, but nonetheless, Talk21 comes recommended.
Talk21.com is an email site by BT. It’s free and easy to sign up to and use. You can check your mail at www.talk21.com, on email phones or on sky digital. Your address ends with “@talk21.com” Eg email@example.com You can search for other people by typing in their location and name. Talk21 is an average email site with standard features. The Talk21 site has links to different and useful sites like WHSmith and Open.... If you want an easy average site then this is for you.