Back in 2006 I started using an email account with the free email provider icmail.net. I always used the icmail.net account as a secondary email address and stopped accessing the email about two years ago.
I recently had a need to access my icmail.net email messages however found that icmail.net is extremely unstable these days and I couldn’t login to my email account from www.icmail.net using Internet Explorer 8 nor Firefox. After much searching on Bing and Google and then some experimentation I have found that connecting via an email reader such as Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird does the trick (I’m sure that access via Gmail, Hotmail etc. will also work although I haven’t tried).
Here are the necessary settings to extract your email from icmail.net:
Incoming Mail Details:
Port Number: 110
Enable ‘Logon using Clear Text Authentication’
Incoming Mail Server: mail.icmail.net
Email Username: this is your email address without the @icmail.net e.g. if your email address is [email protected] then your username is smooth.operator
Outgoing Mail Details:
Just copy the settings from an existing account i.e. don’t try to send through icmail.net but rather send using an exisitng account that you send through.
Diagrams of icmail.net Email Settings (POP3)
In the pictures below, getting email from icmail.com using POP3 with Windows Live Mail is shown:
- The first property screen when adding a new email account for icmail.net in Windows Live Mail:
2. Ensure you have ‘My incoming mail server is a POP3 server’ entered and mail.icmail.net entered in the ‘Incoming Mail (POP3)’ field. For the ‘Outgoing mail (SMTP)’ settings just copy the settings from any other email account set up (you don’t need to send through icmail.net). The other necessary details are per the picture below (obviously the ‘E-mail username’ with be your unique icmail.net username):