Free smtp seems to be the hotword on internet. Going by our search logs it seems to be a hot word on te too. So here is a quick guide on how to go about it. I will explain to you on how to quickly (without installing any software such as a smtp server) set up and get working a smtp account so that you can send mail using your fav email client using any email account for free. Please note... the information provided is not exhaustive.. as you will soon see i would recommend the gmail approach as the best and you don't need anything else. Especially after the "from" problem has been sorted in gmail it is the way to go ... the only flip side can be the service might not remain free in distant future. The guide lists lot of services that offer this feature but i have not tested them all and can't vouch for them I will explain only the ones i have tested for a appreciable period of time and am sure will work. This doesn't mean others don't and you are free to explore others. (and hey do tell me about them also by commenting to this guide. I will update the guide.) And just incase you don't want to read about all the others.. move over to the last page of the guide and directly read about how to get gmail to work right with all the other providers..(hey it will save your time ) [break=Russian providers] 1) Russia Rocks Now this is little known maybe but it has been the most relaible over a long period of time. Thats why i put this at top of the list Two Sites: Mail15 Mail.ru (only russian version) Both are backed by the topmost ISP providers in russia and are free. The former supports IMAP4 or POP3 protocols and send mail through SMTP. the key features are: i might add the web interface is superb and nice also. And yes its in english. Server details Incoming: mail.pochta.ru. Outgoing: smtp.pochta.ru [IMG=http://img451.imageshack.us/img451/3289/moz076gc.gif] More details the latter offers much the same features Both of the above offer multiple domain options.. the domains you can choose are.. pochta.ru ,fromru.com , land.ru, mail15.com , pop3.ru , smtp.ru , mail.ru , inbox.ru and more... check the links and see dropdown to find more. The biggest advantage is that you can send mail from any account using both the above services. that means if you have a hotmail account and send it through either of the above, with a from field and reply to set to hotmail, the service will alow the message to e sent. Its not there with lots of other providers.. and is a big plus. Now i have been using mail15 for 2 years now and the relibility has been superb. However, like any other site, i cannot say how confidential your information is on this. You decide whether you want to trust this with your business mails(i won't) [break=Yahoo] The old Guard... Yahoo ofcourse has its own smtp service. it had earlier been discontinued but is back now. Well great if you use a yahoo account and thats the only account you have. You can get the smtp set up and enjoy. Information to set up find here Incoming Mail (POP3) Server: pop.mail.yahoo.com Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com (use authentication, optionally use port 587) Account Name/Login Name: your Yahoo! Mail ID (your email address without the "@yahoo.com") Email Address: your Yahoo! Mail address (e.g., email@example.com) Password: your Yahoo! Mail password Now whats the flip side in this...well its this So if you are trying to send hotmail mail via yahoo.. tough luck.. you can't [break=The Rest..] And the rest... here are some more worth mentioning start off with this Indian email provider e-tapaal http://www.e-tapaal.com 5 mb storage but allows smtp. Flip side no other emial providers mail can be sent... Basic account setup # Account name : Your e-tapaal.com Login name ( Ex. user_name ) # Password : Your e-tapaal.com account password # Email address: Your e-tapaal.com email address ( Ex. firstname.lastname@example.org ) # Incoming mail server : POP3 # Incoming mail (POP3) : www.e-tapaal.com # Outgoing mail (SMTP) : www.e-tapaal.com Gawab Nice layout, multiple domain options(country specific domains), claims to be fast(its not as per my experience) and has a hotmail account collector to read your hotmail mails at one place... check out the features yourself here incoming mail server (POP) is: pop.gawab.com outgoing mail server (SMTP) is: smtp.gawab.com The biggest advantage is that gawab(when i tested about 2 months back) did allow mails from other providers to be sent through its smtp. Someone confirm this please) vfemail http://www.vfemail.net/ Offers business class emails solutions. Has lots of paid packages but the copper one is free and does have smtp. the biggest "key word" for them is security... It scans each complete email, including attachments, for viruses (and spam too!) before it gets to your inbox. They provide built-in HTML, MS Word, and MS Excel document viewers. 15mb mail space provided. mail.vfemail.net is your POP/SMTP/IMAP server name. port 587 This does not support differnt providers 'from' mailing address There are a whole lot of others you can check out here Free mail guide [break=And then there is gmail] Gmail www.gmail.com So basically you don't need to read those 4 pages you just read. Cos as long as gmail is allowing what it is allowing at the moment, you don't need to use anything else. The biggest disadvantage till few months back was that the smtp of gmail while allowing mails from other email providers to be sent through it(by that mean sending mail of hotmail via gmail) used to replace the "from" tag of the mail with the gmail accounts(from which you are sending the mail) from tag. While the reply to was still the one you kept, the from message to the recipient looked like coming from gmail. This problem thankfully has been rectified. So now you can send your messages of any provider via gmail. Now i don't need to mention the features... everyone knows of the excellent 2gig free service(oh its still invite only but there are plenty of invites and if you haven't got till now just ask in forums and someone will give you) now the basic config details for those who want it Incoming Mail (POP3) Server - requires SSL: pop.gmail.com Use SSL: Yes Port: 995 Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - requires TLS: smtp.gmail.com (use authentication) Use Authentication: Yes Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL) Port: 465 or 587 Account Name: your Gmail username (including '@gmail.com') Email Address: your full Gmail email address (email@example.com) Password: your Gmail password ok now how to configure the from address..... follow the steps select settings from within the gmail account and go to the accounts tab. click add another email address and a new window opens fill in the email address of the provider you want to send mails through gmail eg firstname.lastname@example.org.. i want to send hotmail mails through gmail fill in the display name(which is the name from which the mail is coming is shown to the person getting it) and the email id select next. A verification screen is shown click verify the next screen comes up... check the email you entered in previous step. there would be a email from your gmail account with a verification id. either enter it in this screen or just click the url in the email and thats it.. your accounts tab will show the email you just added. you can edit info or make the new id as default.. upto you, but the point is that now you can send the mails of that id via gmail and no one won't ever come to know about it. and the proof is here on my thunderbird And we finish this guide now. I hope someone benefits from all this Enjoy!!