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

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

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Is there an email provider that provides only email access, and has local PoPs? I guess, similar to what Juno used to be, but with no advertisements. (I mean that people pay for it.)

Is there an email provider that provides only email access, and has local PoPs? I guess, similar to what Juno used to be, but with no advertisements. (I mean that people pay for it.)

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Local email POPs? (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 10 years ago | (#8627197)

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 include e-mail forwarding for your chosen domain - and use a normal e-mail provider such as Spamcop.

Re:Local email POPs? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8627234)

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.

Re:Local email POPs? (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 10 years ago | (#8627528)

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 economically viable to offer without genuine Internet access as well: the cost savings just wouldn't offset the reduced utility. Hence, presumably, the demise of Juno's service...

Re:Local email POPs? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#8630248)

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.

Re:Local email POPs? (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 9 years ago | (#8632774)

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?

Re:Local email POPs? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#8633914)

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 the service provider would care about nothing other than the email itself, possibly fighting spam as best they can, since there would be nothing else to focus on.

What used to be Juno still has it (1)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 10 years ago | (#8628788)

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.

Re:What used to be Juno still has it (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#8630260)

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.

Re:What used to be Juno still has it (1)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 9 years ago | (#8634326)

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 you would be able to see it - such as grandparents being emailed a link to pics of their grandkids.

The 1-800 number would be a good way to implement it, but as stated earlier, you wouldn't be able to charge enough to cover the cost.

Re:What used to be Juno still has it (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#8634797)

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 an option, as it has advertisements, and provides more than just email.
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