Bigpond, the popular ISP, provides an email account to subscribers of their internet access plans. This email address will either be USERNAME@bigpong.com or USERNAME@bigpond.net.au.
As you can understand, it’s the username part of the email that makes the address unique as no two people can have the same email address. Please note: you cannot change the domain name part of the Bigpond email address. Anyway, an ISP email account has some advantages over free services like Gmail, Hotmail (now Outlook.com) and Yahoo!
Unlike other service providers, Bigpond offers only one free email account. However, the provision is provided to procure more if you so need – more on this below.
MyConnect is the name of Bigpond webmail application through which you can also check your online address book (contacts), calendar, tasks, notes etc. The webmail interface can be loaded on any computer as long as it has a web browser and a live internet connection. If you have multiple Bigpond email boxes, all of these can be accessed via MyConnect.
You can also download and store Bigpond email messages on your local machine using an email client. Below are links to pages that have instructions on how to set up the email account in two popular programs.
Conclusion: though there are perils in using an email account from an ISP, if you are new to technology, I suggest that you give Bigpond email a try. At least you shall get personalized help when you get stuck.
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