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Does Mac have any e-mail other than .mac?


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I just switched to a new imac (love it... good choice!) when my hp died and I'm using the .mac trial for 60 days. Will I have no e-mail with mac if I don't subscribe to .mac? I like the e-mail but the subscription is quite expensive and I don't see much else I would use except maybe a little storage. Is it really worth the money?
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Get Microsoft Office for Mac..I find it much better than Appleworks and it also comes with Entourage (An e-mail client). You can almost call it a universal e-mail client that let's you use your existing e-mail address.

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http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/2006/0721.asp

Your iMac comes with Mail which is an excellent email client.
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Can I set it up without a .mac account and will it still be a mac.com address?
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Can I set it up without a .mac account
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and will it still be a mac.com address?
Nope.

However, you can keep your .mac address for your iChat address (if you use it when you configure iChat).
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Mail in OSX will work with ANY POP or SMTP Email account.

IChat will work with .mac and AIM and Jabber.
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I think what she's asking has nothing to do with the mail client.

What you need is a free, web based e-mail address, that supports POP, IMAP, or Exchange, if you want to use a client like Mail, Entourage, or Outlook to access your email.

-Yahoo will work, and is free
-Gmail is also free and works with client access. To get a Gmail account you have to have a cell phone that can receive text messages.

There are lots of free e-mail services, not all of which offer Client access.
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Who is your isp? You most likely already have email through them.
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Who is your isp? You most likely already have email through them.
Good point, however if you ever change ISP, you loose your e-mail addy. Whereas with a free e-mail SP you will always have the same one, not matter who provides your internet service.
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It's not too difficult to setup an email besides .mac using Mail. I've got my .mac account, and a pair of comcast accounts all setup with only one minor glitch. By default mail groups all of your inboxes together, so you have to setup new "Smart Mailboxes" for each account. Not too difficult, but a minor roadblock to success. If you need more info on this I can gladly help you, also if anyone knows an easy way around this roadblock, feel free to chime in.


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Mail automatically creates a separate Inbox for each discrete account. The "main" inbox simply shows what's in all of the others. If you have three separate accounts set up being checked by Mail there should be a little triangle next to the Inbox icon. Click it, and a tree will drop down with a small inbox for each individual account.

In fact, the main Inbox is nothing but a Smart Folder that reports all of the messages in your discrete inboxes.

Also, you could add either the Mailbox or To fields to your Inbox layout; this would tell you at a glance which account received the message. To do this, just right-click on the field labels (where it says From, Subject, Date Received, etc. above the list of emails you've got in your box) and choose the appropriate field to add.
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You don't need Smart Mailboxes to separate your mail.
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Mail automatically creates a separate Inbox for each discrete account. The "main" inbox simply shows what's in all of the others. If you have three separate accounts set up being checked by Mail there should be a little triangle next to the Inbox icon. Click it, and a tree will drop down with a small inbox for each individual account.

In fact, the main Inbox is nothing but a Smart Folder that reports all of the messages in your discrete inboxes.

Also, you could add either the Mailbox or To fields to your Inbox layout; this would tell you at a glance which account received the message. To do this, just right-click on the field labels (where it says From, Subject, Date Received, etc. above the list of emails you've got in your box) and choose the appropriate field to add.
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You don't need Smart Mailboxes to separate your mail.
Wow, this made my email experience that much better. Thanks for the tip!

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