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      02.07.2001 19:51
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      Themail.com - get paid for receiving and reading email - well actually, get paid when any of those you refer open emails they receive. What a chance, think of all the emails you send to your mates, if only you could refer them, if only you could refer them all !! You could continue sending them everything - but even better, for every email they read you would get paid !! Wow !! You wouldn't get rich, but over time it was bound to mount up, and all because you referred some friends and then sat back and sent email. But there was more - when your friends referred someone, you then got paid a smaller amount for every email read by your friend's referral - a double whammy in the nicest possible way, and this would continue down a chain !! I admit it, I'm a sucker for 'something for nothing' schemes (or should it be scams ?) and I signed up. Not only did I sign up, but so did my Mum, my best mate and a few other friends. I checked regularly, and sure enough my balance was building nicely - slowly, but nicely all the same. Then the shocks. 1)They were reducing the amount paid per email to 1/10th of the previous amount. 2)Then they weren't paying anyone till they had the accounts and payments audited. 3)Then they wanted paid for administering the accounts - sign-up within 30 days or risk your account being locked. Needless to say I didn't pay-up - reduced payments, no payment to date and now a request for payment FROM me to keep my account. I know things are hard in the world of 'dotcom', but I'm not going to swallow this one again. I think I managed to rescue all my accounts with various companies and divert them to other addresses - I hope I have. But please, be careful - dogs might bite postmen but in this case TheMail bites back.

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        25.05.2001 08:45
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        The idea was this: you referred other people, they signed up, and you got paid each time they used their TheMail.com accounts to send mail. Unfortunately, instead of paying you, TheMail.com now want you to pay them. If your account was created after December 99, you'll have to upgrade your account to a paying one or lose it. If you currently use TheMail.com, now is a good time to inform your contacts that you won't be using that e-mail address anymore. However, if you do decide to continue your account with TheMail.com and pay them, this is what they claim you'll get: - No ads - 10mb space - POP3 access - Auto POP3 retrieval - Merge Mail - Calendar/Reminder Service - File Manager - Lots of filters - Auto forward - Auto responding services - Wireless access It's about $130 for lifetime use, $2 a month, or $20 per year. The free version that is about to be cancelled, has been unreliable, with the site being down frequently. Maybe with a paid for service TheMail.com will improve their servers, but it's a chance I don't want to take. Many other sites offer the same services, have a good uptime record, and do so for free. I am just going to let my TheMail.com account die. I never made a single cent out of it, and the advertising I was bombarded with didn't really appeal. $20/year for a medicore service? Do they really think I'm going to pay?

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          22.04.2001 05:09
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          UPDATED ********** I checked out TheMail the other day and they're up and offering a free e-mail service again. I joined up because it's a pretty good E-mail program with stuff like autoresponders and the like. You won't make money there but it is a damn fine E-mail provider, so check it out if you do need a decent service. ************** There are a lot of web based e-mail providers around, but when TheMail started a couple of years ago, it kicked off with quite a unique proposition regarding its service. They promised that if you joined their service you would be able to get money from them. Heard it all before, haven't you? Well, you'd be right, but I think it's important to tell the full story. The basic premise was that once you had signed up with TheMail you should get other people to sign up by referring them in and getting them to indicate that it was you who referred them. This is done by using a unique URL which includes your member ID and links any new member to your account. Those referrals in turn will sign up other people underneath them and so on. TheMail offered payment for referrals up to an astonishing 16 levels deep and the deal was that you would earn $0.0025 for every e-mail read by someone you had referred and $0.001 for mails read by all the other levels. In classic pyramid sales style, the way to generate big money is getting about six people to sign up under you, and getting each of those people to sign up six people and so on, all the way down the chain. If everybody in the chain were to read say 10 e-mails per day, and you had just five levels deep in your chain, you would be earning more than $90 per day - sounds too good to be true, right? Right. A number of other e-mail programs offer payment deals as well, but no one can match anything like this, especially the number of referral levels. The normal level is three or four at most. Well,
          I got well into TheMail's program and within a month had a total of about 150 people signed up underneath me and my account was actually starting to fill up with money - not as much as the hype promised, but certainly about $2 per day. Just before Christmas 2000, the balance on my account had reached the minimum payment level of $30, so I requested my payment and waited...... and waited ....... and waited ....... and waited ....... and waited ....... AND NOTHING. Oh well, it'll be along soon, I thought, so I carried on. Then in January I got an e-mail sent out from the people who run TheMail saying that they had reviewed their terms of condition and henceforth the rates would be reduced to $0.000025 and $0.00001 respectively. Now that made any money that would be earned pretty much irrelevant, even if you ever got it, which you don't. Two months on, further announcements. TheMail wrote out saying that their introductory stage was now over and henceforth you would have to pay to use your TheMail account, not a great deal, but paying nonetheless. Clearly, TheMail had set themselves up to fail, and had promised far more than they would realistically ever be able to deliver (how unusual!) and were now rapidly covering their tracks and getting back into a more realistic option. Okay, leaving aside the financial implications of the program, let's now consider how good TheMail is as an e-mail provider. Well, initially it was actually pretty good, so I was pleased with it. It offered autoresponders, filters and the option of setting up your own separate folders so you could store the mails in various ways. It has several other quite snazzy options and I was soon making good use of them. Altogether it offered most of the options that one could want with any e-mail account, although you couldn't get the mails via Outlook Express, only via your account on TheMail's website, but I was comfortable with t
          hat because I was now on AOL flat rate 24/7 Internet access. However, as TheMail started changing terms and conditions, there started to be several glitches with the program and e-mails started disappearing quite randomly, it became impossible to clear dead ones out and the site started hanging at a moment's notice. Clearly, TheMail's offering was rapidly falling apart, both in terms of payment and functionality. In the end, the program just became unworkable and I've since stopped using it altogether. It's a shame because it was fun while it lasted. If you do want a good web based e-mail account, I'd recommend either AOL, Hotmail or Zwallet, each of which is free and provides a pretty effective service. Zwallet also pays you for every mail read or sent by you or anybody else you refer in and it looks like they might actually live up to the promise because they haven't overreached themselves and have sent out some cheques. If by any chance you do still wish to check out TheMail, you can find them on http://www.themail.com - however, I cannot think of any reason why you would want to sign up. Six months ago, I would have been recommending TheMail - just shows you how quickly things can change in the world of the net.

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            25.02.2001 02:29
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            make yourself some money, very, very, slowly,for doing nothing. Does this sound unlikely? Well it probably is unlikely that you will ever make more than a couple of pounds. This is how it works: You sign up for a free email account from themail.com and you get emails from them. Don't think you will get paid for reading these because you won't. Best thing to do here is to use the delete button. So how do you make some money? You have to get other people to sign up for this scheme and get a free email account. If and when they use the free address you get paid. (That's why I said you get paid for nothing. Your friends earn it for you.) One Dooyooer writes that she got 167 referrals on this site and has only earned $2. Does sound as though you will earn money very fast. There are some links on the home page that will pay you a few cents if you click on them but this doesn't sound to me as though it is worth the bother.

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            10.01.2001 18:19
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            I joined TheMail about a year ago - tempted away from the likes of Hotmail because they offer to pay you for using your account. So how does this work? Every time you refer someone to TheMail you get paid for EVERY email that they read - sounds great - but the catch is that you only get paid a fraction of a cent per email. It is important to note that you don't get paid for emails that you read - only for those that your referals read. I have referred 4 people to the service and have made 20 cents in a year. Seeing as they only pay you when your account reaches $30 then I'm not holding my breath. When I first signed up with them you could make extra cash by clicking on some banner ads - 1cent per click in fact - and every time I logged onto my account I did this and over time had made over $10. Then one day all this cash was gone - looking at their message boards revealed that the same thing had happened to others. I still have not received an explanation on why this happened despite sending them emails. Finally - I have just receieved an email from them telling me that they are about to reduce the amount that they pay for your referals reading email. It may be possible to make some cash from these people but I think that the amount of effort involved is not worth it.

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              09.01.2001 04:56
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              I have been a member of themail.com for 2 months after being invited to join a program called the GoodLifeNow, some of you may have heard of it. They are a group of people who used themail.com to make large sums of money. What I would like to inform people of is: Themail.com have decided to reduce their payments by a conciderable amount, currently unannounced. Themail.com are going through an audit and have ceased making any payments until further notice. If you are a member of themail.com take note, and if you ever get invited to join thegoodlifenow, think about what i have said. I can vouch that you will never get a penny from them.

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              14.11.2000 06:32
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              I think themail is one of the first free e-mail services that pays you to send and read messages. It is also like the numerous network marketing businesses we see today, you have a downline and the more people who sign up under you, the more money you make. However, you (and your downline) have to actually use themail i.e. you dont get money just for signing up. Another good thing is that they pay you no matter where you are from in the world. The minimum amount payable is 30 USD. I have been using themail for almost a year and have about 9 people in my downline and how much have I made so far?? A whooping 1.19 USD! I'm not kidding. Well, I think I use themail regularly but the money is slow. I think it is about 0.0025 cent per mail you send (or read, I'm not sure..) I'll give an update when I reach the 30 dollar mark, whenever that is! Probably by the time I have grandchildren! Having said all that, there are other features to themail. It is customizable, you can choose the layout of your inbox etc. There are easy links to news, horoscopes, music etc. Your mailbox also has a capacity of about 5K, bigger than others I think, hotmail is just 2K right? However, when your account size reaches the limit, you get a warning and if you do not delete messages, your inbox will be blocked from receiving messages. Another thing is that twice, I have opened my account to find that all the mail has dissapeared, without any notice. The good thing is that I immediately mailed the support system and they re-entered all my messages. At least they are attentive enough and act if you mail them. But still, the main problem is that it is usually very slow to load or the server is always down. The networking business is a very good concept but I think there are a lot of problems that the administration still has to deal with..Needless to say, you wont be becoming a millionaire from using themail, not in the near future that is.. UPDATE
              I will now cease to use this mail service. Why? Well, themail team have just announced that due to market performances they are FORCED to charge a fee of $1.99 per month to keep using or register new the accounts. I can't believe it! My total earnings for the past year hasnt even reached this amount and now they want me to pay for it?? If the service is really reliable and extra good I might consider but in this case, I think not!

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              04.11.2000 03:50

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              The Mail, An online web based email service which offers all the usual email services we all expect. Except that this one pays you. If you refer anyone to "The Mail" "The Mail" will pay you for every email your refer sends and recieves. Also they pay you for there referals. (Pays 16 levels). Pay rate is not much but get people in your downline and it soons add up. There is a limit of about 3MB space (approx 130 emails) after that you need to delete emails. You can also get your other pop3 email accounts fowarded to the mail. This is probably the best web based email program there is.

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              21.10.2000 04:33
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              Themail.com can be a useful service for people who wish to set up an autoresponder and/or use a signature in their e-mail. I personally use Outlook 2000 as my mail client and creating a signature is easy, but many people use Outlook Express which definitely limits the options available. As for an autoresponder, the process is rather laborious and requires the disabling of Microsoft Word as my mail editor. For many newcomers this process would be quite confusing, whereas Themail.com offers the option of creating these systems by selecting them and simply typing in what you wish to say in your autoresponder or signature. A second use is for junk mail. If you are considering advertising on a FFA page or other free site, then you must expect a vast amount of spam. By using Themail.com as your address on these sites you can protect your default address from abuse. While I would recommend it's use for the above reasons, I suggest everyone uses their own ISP or equivalent for personal contacts. Web based mail can easily become unavailable for several days. It is also difficult to try to retrieve attachments from such a source.

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              10.10.2000 17:45
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              Themail is a very comprehensive web based email account. The latest feature added is mergemail for writing personalised mails to a whole mailing list. It has filters, autoresponders, POP3 pick up etc etc, and you get a quite reasonable 5Mb of space. It is HTML compatible, though this can eat up your space very quickly. One really big advantage over hotmail and others is that you don't get spammed. Everyday my hotmail account has 10+ spam mails, despite frequently blocking them. themail has rarely if ever let any spam through. Themail does seem a little tempermental at times with errors occurring, requiring refreshes. Errors during sending mails can on occasions completely wipe your message - I usually copy to clipboard before I send just in case. Also, like many web based mailers (though not hotmail) it can be a bit slow letting mail through, so don't rely on it for instant delivery as mails seem to be batched. But the site always seems to be available. I've saved the best bit unitl last, though you have to be slightly clever, but within the rules. You get paid for each mail - or rather you get paid for each mail your referrals read - 0.25 cents per mail, up to 300 mails per day. Referrals referrals mails also earn you 0.05 cents a mail. So you have to create two accounts, and i don't believe that this is illegal - use the seond account and get the earnings on the first. My earnings after about 5 months are $25 - they pay out at $50, so £35 a year isn't much, but it is just for using a very good web based mailer. The scheme would get 5 stars if it wasn't tempermental

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              20.08.2000 04:06
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              There are many free web based emails on the net, and although I would always recommend and indeed use pop accounts through Outlook Express, I have certainly obtained a few free web based accounts in my 3 years experience on the net. One of them is TheMail.com. It is slightly different, in fact, they do not pay you to receive mail or even send it. Are you thinking what I thought? It is advertised as a paid email, so where does the payment come into it? I thought I could use this to get my junk mail sent, and then when I wanted to earn the bucks, go to my mail account and open each and every one, you have to open the mail to get paid and I believe it is only for 3 seconds. BUT, you do not actually get paid for your own mail, you are only paid for the people you refer. That is the people that you tell about the service, and sign up under you. I then thought, what is the point? We can all sit back and wait for the referrer to earn us money? But what if the referrer thinks the same and so on? My account says I have 167 referrals, but my cash accummulated is only just over $2. Something to think about I feel. Also, at the top of your inbox, there are a few clickable links that will earn you money when clicked on. These can be clicked daily. So, to sum it up, it's a free email account which will pay you if you tell others about it, and if they use it, and you can also earn a few pence from clicking links.

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                12.08.2000 23:22
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                I must rise to the defence of themail.com. It is really an excellent web-based mail account. It is customisable, easy to use and includes features that some other traditional mail accounts exclude e.g. merge mail. A lot of people have signed up to themail.com as a money making exercise without reading the small print. You do have the option to be paid but only for mail read by people signing up under you or for clicking on paid adverts. You don't get paid for simply signing in and you don't get paid at all if you choose the 'fast' option and turn off all advertising. Once you manage to set this grievance aside, focus on the benefits of a portable e-mail account you can access from anywhere. Okay - so you want to make money from themail.com. You can (a) click on all the paid adverts above your inbox for one cent per click per day (b) ask all your friends to sign up under you and send them lots of mail as you get paid whenever they read something. At the end of the day, I strongly believe that nobody get's a free lunch (so to speak) but - hey - a free e-mail account comes close. Try and remember the benefits of using themail.com's excellent service and accept that the slender chance to earn a few cents is only a bonus - not the main reason for signing up. ** UPDATE ** I've noticed increasing problems with the "earn money" element of themail.com. A lot of people have found earnings are not being tracked to their accounts or that earnings are not consistently displayed. However, I still stand by my opinion that themail.com offers a reasonable free email service. I advise members of themail.com to switch to the 'fast' option and just use it as a regular email account.

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                05.08.2000 22:23
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                Pay you when you send an e-mail, sounds very attracting yeah? I have actually joined themail.com since last year (if I am not mistaken, but I know it has been long). I am really disappointed with themail.com. Perhaps it is because me myself didn't put much effort on using themail.com (well I guess quite reasonable, I have used it as one of the regular e-mailing tools). The money seems like not accumulate (well this is not themail.com fault I guess, just the problem is me). One thing that I am pretty sure about themail.com is the server always crashes down, and there is one time that my account lost all the money (though it is not lot). I do hope that they really can improve the performance if they really want to attract more users.

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