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FREE INTERNET ACCESS/ FREE E-MAIL

As of 7-1-2016


I really like Yahoo and have been recommending it. It has some nice features. The best is that your address book is stored on Yahoo's computers. This means you can go to any computer that has Internet access and check your mail and address book. One nice feature is that if you buy a new computer or upgrade, you don't have to worry about transferring the address book from old to new.
Here are links to some of the free e-mail systems.
Yahoo Netscape Hotmail mail.com Excite Lycos

Gmail has become the mail of choice for many. Easy to set up and use.

Go to http://www.mauimail.com/ if you want a Hawaii address
A quick search of the web for "Free e-mail" will find many more


CAUTIONS


A couple of disadvantages to the free on-line E-MAIL systems are:
1. You must be on line and the operations can be a little slower waiting for actions on line.
For example, adding an entry to the address book takes longer than using an address book in your own computer.
2. Mail is stored on the host computer (Yahoo) and space may be limited. Yahoo & Hotmail keep adding more space. Yahoo now has 1.0 GB. More than I will ever use because I keep my junk deleted. Check the space limits for updates. They are all over the place now considering how cheap mass storage has become.
If you need to receive or send large files or want to keep all your messages, you should probably consider a paid service although Hotmail now allows 10MB file transfer.
Many Coffee Shops have Computer Kiosks in many of their cafes with Internet access. This would give you the access needed for e-mail and you could check it as you get your daily fix, er cappuccino. Of course, anyone reading this probably has web access. How about printing this out for your friends and family members that you want to get into the e-mail world.

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