Posted 12 October 2006 - 08:59 PM
Download speeds, firstly, may be influenced by the server; if a lot of people are using a particular server that keeps your E-mail, download speeds may be reduced. A good way to avoid this is to connect during "off-hours" if possible.
It is always, secondly, useful to review your E-mails on-line, deleting those you really don't want, before using your POP-E-mail application.
Thirdly, I would certainly find an E-mail service with a reasonable storage limit; thanks to the great efforts of Google, a 50mb limit is simply not competitive. (Many of us have Google Mail invites if you want one; G-Mail supports POP access and begins with 2000MBs of storage space---all for free).
A very good alternative to Outlook Express is Thunderbird, the Mozilla companion to Firefox.
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