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i have been using fsmail for the last seven months and at first i was relatively happy with it apart from not being able to customise my e-mails or access them through outlook express everything else was fairly acceptable until recently. i access my e-mails every single day and have had endless problems with log in, there have been full days when i have not been able to access the account at all!! invalid username and password being the usual but also error pages, now i can accept that a particular site has it's problems but this is ridiculous,i even began to beleive i had developed a virus. having sent an e-mail to fsmail (through my hubby's email adress as i couldn't access mine) i asked fsmail for reasons why i could'nt access my account and they sent a auto reply to my e-mail address, the question is if i can't access my e-mail address how can i read their instructions?? the following day i could access the account without any problems only to find the day after that the site went down again! as i don't like yahoo and have not had any good responses about hotmail what do i do next, i do not wish to have numerous e-mail addresses as i don't have the time or inclination to visit numerous sites everytime i log on just to read my mail so i suggest that fsmail get their act together and come up with a good efficient site which you can access without any problems! but i don't suppose this is going to happen overnight, i have non existent fingernails and i am now starting on my toes with this site,if it was'nt for the many friends and companies who have my e-mail address i would have changed it some time ago.any suggestions?? other than beachy head!!!
I tried fmail about a year ago and i have to say that i wasnt that impressed. Hotmail was a much better option for me at that time. This is because Fmail was run off another company using templates etc. now it is completely independant of that company which means its faster and easier to use. When i heard about it i decided to check it out. I have to say that i was impressed this time. the layout was much better. there are no banners of advertisement, the colour scheme is much better and it always works. the mail is easy to read and composing is a doodle. overall i think that it has improved greatly and would move away from hotmail which is slow (for those of you with 56k) and has many adverts. It even has IMAP capabilites so you can use it in outlook express which is useful. The limit to the amount of space is endless. Also you can have firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com which makes it easier to remember and tell to people. I dont see any reason why people shouldnt convert to fmail if they want a fast easy free interface in which to send and recieve email.
UPDATE - April 2002 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When (If?) you read my review below, be aware that it relates to a previous "release" if the service. I was recently contacted by fmail who told me that the service had been completely relaunched and that the problems I had experienced were related to the organisation through whom the service was previously provided. Fmail tell me that they have severed all links with that organisation and that fmail should in future not be the cause of such aggrevation. I have reregistered with the new service but, of course, it will take some time before I am able to determine if there really has been an improvement. From what I have been able to determine, the presentation is a vast improvement on what went before. It does look as if they have made some effort to respond to user criticisms. In the meantime, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. You may wish to do likewise. Original review ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have been with Hotmail (stick with me on this) for years, pretty much since it first started. OK, there were some early teething problems but you expect that. It has improved over the years and now actually stands up as a reasonably decent service. Now, excuse me if that comes over as a less than overwhelming endorsement. It?s just that there is something about Hotmail that always leaves you feeling somewhat less than satisfied. It?s a bit like the proverbial chinese meal, you always get up from the table feeling that it could have been more than it was. In recent times the spam problem really has got out-of-hand. I always start each session simply deleting un-read emails that are clearly come-ons of all natures of enticements, and that is with loads of auto-filters switched on as well! Finally I decided to see what there was out there that could offer a decent alternative. Consulting
my trusty dooyoo, I discovered a reasonable couple of reviews of fmail (www.fmail.co.uk). I decided to give it a try. It?s a Brit service and I felt good about being patriotic! Three months later and I wish I hadn?t bothered. Fortunately I only changed my email designation at a couple of sites (one of which ? www.ecircles.com - I have just learned is going out-of-business anyway). So, the disruption of going and changing it again is not too great. Fmail is a free email service, which is obviously financed by advertising, so no surprises there. However, there is advertising and advertising. But more of that later. The sign-up for fmail was easy and, having obtained my account, I logged on. All the expected facilities were there. The Inbox has a facility to auto-notify another account that email has arrived. I sent these to Hotmail so that I didn?t have to check fmail every day. There are folders in which you can save mail long-term. You get 4 meg of space for messages. You can receive messages up to 2 meg in size and can send message with up to 1 meg of attachments. You can attach a signature to your outgoing emails. You get an address book. And that really is about it. There are no filters for auto-dumping spam. There is no POP access so you can?t use it with Outlook Express or Eudora. They are promising this but it doesn?t seem to have materialised. There is no HTML evaluation for email sent in HTML format. These appear purely as text with a button at the bottom with which you can view the email in a separate browser window in all its intended glory. That may be a good or a bad thing! But it's my experience with it in use that has been less than satisfactory. No, lets be honest about this, it?s c**p. Firstly, the colour scheme. The whole site is white text on a dark blue background. Now, that wouldn?t be my first choice.
True, the contrast should be good but it actually does make the whole effort of reading a generally less than pleasant one. What proved to be the final straw was a recent change that they have made, but I?ll come back to that one. Initially no problems logging on. Then, out-of-the blue, one day it rejects my login with a message of the type we have all had from time to time saying that the id or password has not been recognised. Usually this is nothing more dramatic than a simple miskeying. You type it in again and, hey presto, it works. Same here. I thought nothing more of it. Next time I logged in, same again. Now, OK, we are all a little careless from time-to-time. I muttered an oath under my breath and typed in again, taking inordinate care this time. Success! OK Graham, you?re getting a bit long-in-the-tooth. Eyesight fading? Arthritis in the fingers? Perhaps it was the fifth scotch that did it! Hang on though, I?m sure I didn?t get it wrong the first time. Let?s try a little experiment. Log off. Close the browser. Acquire the site again. Log on, very, very carefully. ?The logon id or password you have entered has not been recognised?! Log on again, very very carefully. Welcome to fmail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotcha. Well, did we have fun with fmail tech support on this one! For weeks we didn?t get past the ?You have clearly forgotten your password? stage with all sorts of suggestions as to how I can confirm my correct password. I even opened a brand new account and proved that it wasn?t just ?me?. Finally everything went quiet. No notice on the log on screen that there might be a problem and to ?...please be patient whilst we sort it out?, though. Then, all of a sudden, it all starts working properly again. Well, well, they?ve found the cock-up at last. Did I get an email to thank me for bringing it to their attention or even letting me know that all was working according
to plan again? Did I b*****y. The advertising was unobtrusive to start with, but not for long. All of a sudden one day we get the dreaded pop-up windows; not just one but one after the other, as soon as you try to close one. Now, I know that this is a popular ploy with porn sites (not from personal experience of course <g>) but this really is unacceptable practice on an email site don?t you agree? At least this is one excess that they have dropped but you do still get one pop-up everytime you log in. So what was it that finally put the skids under fmail for me? It?s a colour thing. Their latest fit of madness is to change the background. You?ll remember I said it was white text on dark blue. Well, the dark blue isn?t dark blue any more. Well, actually, it is but it is absolutely covered in fuzzy white capital letter Fs. Now, what colour was the email text? Oh yes, white! What is the matter with these people! Don?t they even bother to look at the effect of what they are playing about at? For God?s sake, this isn?t rocket science. So, it?s good bye from me... It?s back to the eternal quest for the perfect email system. I?m sure it?s out there somewhere. I just hope I find it before I get too senile to use it. As for fmail, I have just one piece of advice ? GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. UPDATE 12/4/2001 Well!!!!! Someone must have been listening! No sooner said than... The site has had what can only be described as a major make-over. The colours are now black or blue text on a white backgound. I withdraw my objections on the grounds of, "I just can't read this s**t. Rest stands though but, upgrade to **s. All current members have been invited to complete a survey. I'd just love to see what everyone else said! And whether they take any notice!
fmail is really cool! After friends having recommended it to me I decided to have a look and was very pleased with the product, fast free and good looking mail! I really like the layout, simple to use and hardly any ads. Its a cool blue colour and gives u a multiple choice of domains to register at eg. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org its really cool and faster then another.com and hotmail.com. Join the growing revolution that is the fnetworks and have a faster, funner emailing experience for people of all ages and from all around the world, anyone can use it, I have a 6 year old sister who uses it to write to the N*Sync Fan mail online, she doesn't need any help to use it and enjoys it as much as I do.
I have been an fmail user for about a year now and I am very happy with the service provided. I found it a lot faster then hotmail and yahoo! mail as there aren't as many users and it's so easy to use. A lot of my friends have dumped their hotmail accounts and started using fmail now and when fmessenger is released it will be even better! It's very fast, pay nothing, and very easy to use. I would and have recommended it to my friends and looks professional, not a tacky email@example.com, lots of free names as is relatively new so you don't have to be firstname.lastname@example.org, just bob! I really liked the service provided and its a good investment because you can soon get your name @fmessenger.co.uk and other domains! I reccomend it, Thanks Bob