Re: Immigrating to USA/Network Access
David Weintraub (dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM)
Mon, 18 Jul 1994 09:31:28 -0500
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> Raymond Chan asked about email access from the US.
If you want Mail only access, any of the "Big Four" information networks
have Internet E-Mail access (CompuServe, Genie, Podigy, and Delphi). I
also shouldn't forget America Online and the latest entry eWorld for
Apple Macintosh. You could also use MCImail, ATTmail, or SprintMail
HOWEVER, I would recommend to get a true Internet account via the
Commercial Internet carriers. I pay $20 per month for FREE Internet
mail access (no charge per letter or size of letter), Gopher, World Wide
Web Information, Newsgroups, Remote login and FTP services (where you can
find free software with no download cost), etc. A limited mail only
access would be $15 per month.
Although I find that the base rate of $20 per month is quite high compared
to CompuServe and company. There are no other charges. With CompuServe,
my MAIL bill was about $15.00 per month and my on line bill was about
$50 per month (and that's not including the $8.50). I know MCI may sound
cheap, but if you use it to _send_ any mail, you will notice the charges
build up very quickly.
There is a listing called the PDIAL list. It is published in many
introductory books about the Internet. This list will help you find
a local commercial Internet carrier. In the larger cities, Internet
access may be as low as $10 per month.
Don't let any of those computer wimps scare you with their whining about
the complex Unix interface many of these carriers use either. All you
need to learn is about a dozen commands and you're on your way. For
mail access, many of these carriers can set you up with Elm or Pine
which are much easier to use than MCImail. For file editing ask that
PICO or Joe are set for your default editor.
BTW, I know some people who use MCImail and ATTmail for their inbox
address. For $10 per month, you can receive all the mail you want
and have it forwarded to another Mail Account. The idea is if you
have to change Internet access for any reason, your mailbox ID doesn't
have to change with it, and MCImail and ATTmail accounts usually have
easy to remember IDs. Since neither of these services charge for
receiving or forwarding messages, you only pay the $10 per month. Then
when you send out mail, you use whatever Internet access you've got.
David Weintraub | Opinions expressed are mine and not Telerate's
firstname.lastname@example.org | Not that anyone listens to me anyway
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