If you have a PPP or SLIP account and want to process e-mail, you must log into your connection, then load the e-mail client program. Files will begin to transfer from your Internet provider's e-mail server through your modem to your local computer. Each e-mail message has its own file. The service provider's e-mail server will hold the incoming message files for you until you load your e-mail client program. Once all messages have been removed from the mail server and moved to your computer, the transfers will end. The advantage of this system is that you can collect and read your mail off-line. You can also create e-mail off-line and transmit it when you log on. The only real disadvantage is that you must make a long distance call when traveling to collect your mail. This process can take some time if you have many messages. These e-mail client programs are easy to use, and if you don't travel frequently, this is an excellent way to manage your e-mail. For more information on e-mail through PPP/SLIP connections, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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