Email accounts -paying or non?
Thread poster: Maria Knorr

Maria Knorr
Local time: 09:57
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Sep 13, 2002

I would like to know the general opinion of the translators about the email account? Is it better to use a paid account such as or is yahoo alright?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


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Nathalie M. Girard, ALHC  Identity Verified
English to French
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Paying... Sep 13, 2002

Good morning,

The general consensus is that a paying *account* is more professional and makes a better impression.

Also, Yahoo, Hotmail and other such popular *free* accounts only allow for a certain size of message (or message storage) and with the size of certain files that I receive for various projects, a Yahoo account even with 6MB of free space is not a viable solution.

A word of caution about *AOL* in particular: I have a few clients who have AOL accounts and they have problems *sending* files as attachment (I do not know why, but I remember that when I was on CompuServe years ago, I also had similar problems and both are now one and the same).

Just make sure that the *paid* email service that you select offers you the option to access your email account via the web (through your browser, you log on to their website) as an alternative for when you travel. This way, you only need *one* email address, so if you are away, you can easily log in from a cyber cafe (if you do not carry a laptop) and go to your email provider\'s website. All you have to do is log in to your email account from there and handle your mail as usual.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Henry Dotterer
Local time: 09:57
Free accounts often have delays Sep 13, 2002

Hotmail, yahoo, etc., seem to have 10-15 minute delays before emails which have arrived are shown. Paying accounts are often faster.

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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:57
German to English
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Paying Sep 13, 2002

I use Compuserve and am very happy with it. Even though it\'s part of AOL, I think it oprates independently.

Hotmail is especially bad. Not only does the email look messy, but it\'s difficult to attach a file. Sometimes the file comes through as part of the message and is illegible.

Since you are in the US, you can get unlimited Compuserve access for $24.95/month.


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Sheila Hardie  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:57
Catalan to English
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It depends on where you live Sep 13, 2002

I used to have a Compuserve address, but now use a free Spanish one (, which has no storage space limit. Moreover, I can check (and send) my mail anywhere in the world by going to

Compuserve can work out very expensive if you are not living in the US. That\'s why I changed to jazzfree. So far, I\'ve been very happy with it.

Good luck!


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Adriana Caraccio Morgan, Dip Trans IOL  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:57
English to Portuguese
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Paid is definitely better... Sep 13, 2002


I can tell you that having a paid email account is definitely more professional.

I have some email accounts, but one thing that I find particularly good is \'renting\' your own name. Go to - it\'s one of the options. You pay an annual fee and you don\'t have to change your address (this is interesting when you have to print business cards, etc).




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