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    Newb question on mac mail
    Hi! I'm in the Leopard waiting room, like many others. My question is: Do I need to have a .Mac account to use Mac mail? When I say Mac Mail I'm thinking of mail that can be accessed through dashboard, as well as having an email address that end in @mac.com. How does this work? Someone please enlighten me...

    Thanks!

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    well, to use the mac mail app, u can have any email account. if it ends in @mac.com, its a .Mac account...not sure what ur asking
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    I guess what I'm asking is, does OSX have any mail programs itself? Or do I need to pay for a .Mac account to be able to access mail directly through OSX itself?

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    Hi flilow06 & welcome to the Mac-Forums Leopard release waitin' room!

    When someone purchases their mac, there is a .mac trial which allows the use of the @mac.com email addie for about 3mths AFAIRemember. After the trial period expires, you can't keep receiving mail at the @mac.com addie but you can use the email addie @mac.com as your iChat addie.

    As far as DashBoard goes, you can receive mail notification for various clients; Gmail is the only one that springs to mind at present. You would need to download a widget for that.

    Mac OS comes with its own emaill client ... Mail.app which is really a great email program and very easy to use.

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    i am using thunderbird as a host for my gmail account. i was not able to get gmail to work with the included mail app

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    I have a Yahoo account and cannot get it to work through Mail.app. It tells me I'm entering a wrong password or something.

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    I'm using gmail account with my Mail client and it works great! It was easy to configure Mail to gmail and I love it.

    I had .Mac trial and then decided to go with gmail because I didn't want to pay for the address. Some people don't mind the cost, but I didn't really need it.

    Hope this helps. :girl:
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    Awesome. Thanks for the help guys. I'm currently using Yahoo so I guess I'll wait and see if I can configure it to work with mail.app. If not, looks like .mac mail it is...

    Anyone find it not worth the money... or vice versa??

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    If you get your Yahoo account working, please let me know what you did cuz I can't seem to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizzo View Post
    If you get your Yahoo account working, please let me know what you did cuz I can't seem to figure it out.
    AFAIK you have to uprade to Yahoo! Mail Plus to have full Pop3 access.

    Gmail is a great alternative and free!

    By default the free Yahoo account is web-only and to get POP access (which is what "standard" email clients such as Mail.app use) you will need to upgrade to Yahoo Mail Plus for about $20/year. In addition to giving you POP access it will also disable ads and give you access to other services such as their "Address Guard" disposable email addresses.

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    i think gmail works in mail

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    See my above post...yes, it definitely does and works great too. I use it all the time.
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