POP/SMTP services on Yahoo

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 8 02:04:52 BST 2010

On 08/07/2010 10:54 AM, Michael wrote:
> After much gnashing of teeth, I finally succeeded in downloading my 
> Yahoo email via POP.    Sending via Yahoo's SMTP took a few trial and 
> errors - it finally worked with SSL and port 465 which directly 
> conflicts with the information I googled. 

Was that a Yahoo! account, or was it an AT&T/SBCGlobal type of account
that was aliased to a Yahoo! address? The settings you mention are
typically for the latter.

Reason for asking is that Yahoo! US only (as I understand it) only
allows smtp/pop access on their accounts if you convert them to a Yahoo!
Plus account (reasonably priced at $20 per year) [1].


> I knew people in the UK were able to POP their Yahoo mail, but I think 
> it has been only recently ( a year, two years?) that people in the 
> Federal Republic of the United States have been able to do so.   And 
> then, only after they switch their content area to Asia.  I still don't 
> know what that is all about, but hey - it works.  Someone earlier in the 
> thread suggested that the reason people using the U.S. content weren't 
> able to POP their mail is because it is used by AT&T (and I think 
> others) as a paid service.  Apparently, if you AT&T as your ISP, you 
> don't really get AT&T mail, you get Yahoo mail. 
> In any case, it sure is nice to have all of my accounts easily 
> accessible via my trusty Thunderbird 2.0 program.  No more web interface. 
> Y'all have a wonderful week end.
> Michael

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