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Question: Email-only provider with PoPs, do they exist?

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  • Is there an email provider that provides only email access, and has local PoPs?

    There are certainly pure e-mail providers - I use one myself, Spamcop.net, which has serious spam filtering as part of the service (hence the name). The location of the server should be entirely irrelevant for most purposes, though; were you just wanting a 'local' e-mail address, or do you have some reason for wanting a nearby server? If the former, your best bet may be to register a domain - with the right registrar, they'll i

    • Sorry, i guess i wasn't clear. By PoP i meant a modem pool. Basically, so someone can get *only* email service. Similar to what Juno used to do.
      • Sorry, i guess i wasn't clear. By PoP i meant a modem pool. Basically, so someone can get *only* email service. Similar to what Juno used to do.

        Ah, you want e-mail and dialup service, but only to that e-mail? Very unlikely these days - almost all the work (hence expense) involved is in the dialup end: authentication, telco interconnect, servers - and they'd need Internet connectivity anyway to handle e-mail! You do get pure e-mail providers, but by the time you add in a dialup service it probably isn't ec

        • Actually, i'm debating if this is a good business idea. :) First thing, find out if anyone else does it.

          My brother suggested a toll-free number. That way, everyone dials the same number, no matter where they reside. Plus, there is no hassle finding a number. Since emails don't take too long to download, the price should be minimal.
          • My brother suggested a toll-free number. That way, everyone dials the same number, no matter where they reside. Plus, there is no hassle finding a number. Since emails don't take too long to download, the price should be minimal.

            On this scale, you may well find you'd be paying more to receive the 1-800 calls than the customers would pay to make it a regular long-distance call. Why are you so determined to exclude other services, and would that apply to things like Usenet as well?

            • you'd be paying more to receive the 1-800 calls than the customers would pay to make it a regular long-distance call.

              Well, it's an idea. If it gets that far, we'll weigh that.

              Why are you so determined to exclude other services

              I think there is a market for such a service. First and foremost, i think some people want email, but are reluctant to have Internet access. The reasons are irrelevant though; all i care about is the market for it. There are other benefits that the price is cheaper, and possibly
  • NetZero [netzero.net] (which evolved from the merger of Juno and a competitor) still has a free version. It's limited to 10 hours of connect time per month, but that should be fine for checking your email as it would allow four 5-minute connections per day.

    It says they have spam filtering, but I suppose there would be some ads they themselves shoot at you.
    • OK. I guess the second part wasn't clear either. This service, under no circumstances, can allow for anything other than email either. I do believe that's what Juno used to be.
      • You should be aware that most people (I think) can use their cell phone as an email only Internet account. I know T-Mobile provides me with an email address, not that I use it, but its' there. The email is text only and gets downloaded directly to my phone.

        Also, there is the blackberry service (at least I assume they are still around).

        If there is interest in such a service, I think its pretty minimal, given that you can get the Netzero service for free - then should someone send you a URL in an email yo
        • Who knows?

          Anyway, you are doing what i call compromising before you know what the idea is. I have an idea. I am thinking about researching it. If i do, i will then have a clear idea of what it is, and only then will i care about viability.

          I am mentioning it here, and to a few people i know.I really don't think this exact service is out there. I am pretty sure there is a significant market for it, and i am positive that it could be worked out, if required.

          I appreciate the feedback though. Netzero is not a

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