Written on: 13/07/2012 by westburian
I am really stumped by the many negative reviews here. I signed up recently with GMX email and have had zero problems, either with the webmail , pop3, or imap.
Right off the bat, I will let you know that I use Linux, or more importantly perhaps, is that I do NOT use Windows.
The signup, simple and straightforward enough, took two attempts at the CAPTCHA, no big deal, at least I didnt' have to fork over a lot of personal info or take several pages of survey nonsense.
Getting started - I was able to log into the webmail page no problem, and looked at all the welcome stuff, noticed the layout was similar to yahoo classic, sent and received a test email or two, and logged out.
When I logged out I got a popup advertisement, and closed it with alt + F4, no biggie, they got bills to pay too I'm sure. I don't mind looking at an ad for a second or two for their service, that seems fair.
Webmail is okay if you are away from home, but IMAP and POP3 is where GMX really shines, and why some of the reviewers here don't take advantage of that on their home machines...well, I guess they just don't know better. Maybe it's a good thing that gmx doesn't promote pop3 and imap on their home page, it might end up getting abused and ruin a good thing for the rest of us.
Anyway, the next order of business was setting up gmx on my Seamonkey email client. For those who don't know what Seamonkey is, it is based on the classic Mozilla Netscape, but updated and an email client (program) is included in the suite (along with Newsgroups, Addressbook, and HTML composer).
I had to google for the IMAP and SMTP server settings, set it up on the Semonkey email client and sent received several test emails to myself, and some friends. All was 100% solid.
Next order of business was to boot out of Slackware (Linux) and into DOS, load the packet driver and use the DOS program 'Arachne' which is not only a web browser, but also includes the excellent INSIGHT email program. Within a minute or two I was set up with gmx's pop3 and smtp servers on the standard ports of 25 and 110, respectively, and I was off to the races, and sent / recieved a couple of emails.
Next I rebooted back into Slackware and setup the PINE email program for pop3, again, a few test emails, no problems. For those who don't know what PINE is, it is a versatile command line email client from the University of Washington I believe. It's been around for a long time and is ported to many platfroms, including PC-PINE for you M$ Windows sufferers.
To be fair, I ran the Windows version of Seamonkey's browser (firefox engine btw) in WINE (a linux program that lets you run Windows software) and had no problems with the web page , log in, or sending receiving of emails.
Summary, using 2 different operating systems (pluse WINE), and multiple email clients as well as the web interface, GMX email has passed my test with flying colors!
I suspect those who are reporting GMX as a catastrophically horrible email service should take a closer look at their Operating System and software and get everything working as it should before they condemn GMX, it just doesn't make sense that GMX would work great for some of us, but not the rest. The two most likely explanations are EBKAB (error between keyboard and brain) and using Windows.
Some people will not change their car oil or get a tuneup and then blame their car troubles on 'bad gas'.
So it is with computers, educate yourself a little and get your ducks in a row before you complain about what so far appears to be a fine service.
This is not the time or place to rant about M$ Windoze, so I won't, but read between the lines and you might deduce something from the fact that I have no problems, nor do I use Windoze.!!!
Email is a very basic thing and has been done for decades on machines that are dinosaurs compared to what we are used to nowadays. I have no doubt that I could fire up my old Pentium 120 mhz machine or even my old 486 and get it to use GMX mail. The bottom lines is, GMX's servers seem to be reliable, so you must take a close look at what you are using on your end.
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