Looking for a free email account?
If you are Vodacom or MTN customer, you can set up free email accounts, or you can go the route millions have, and set up a Gmail account.
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Vodacom allows every Prepaid, Top Up and Contract subscriber to register an email account. Setting up is fairly simple.
From your cell:
- dial *111#
- reply “device set-up” or “settings”
- reply “WAP settings” – WAP settings are sent to your cellphone and sets up the internet APN
- dial *111# again
- reply “next”
- reply “email”
- reply “1” – you will receive the dialogue “The link to your mailbox will be delivered soon….”
A push SMS is delivered to your phone with the WAP link to the website. Click the link, and it will take you to the site. Then follow the procedure for set-up from your PC.
From your PC:
Contract and Top Up subscribers can access the Vodamail website. Point your browser to https://www.vodamail.co.za (note the https:// denoting a secure site). Click “register now“. Enter your cell number and click “next”. Now select the lower option “Free 3GB Mailbox” and “register“. You should see the dialogue “Thank you for subscribing to the Vodacom Email service. An SMS with your username and password will be send to you shortly.” A few moments later you should get a SMS with details of your username and password for the Vodamail site. You will notice that for now your email address is in the format “email@example.com”. Log into your account. Once in your account there is an array of things you can do including changing our password and setting up an alias that you can use as your email address instead of the number.
MTN has made life a bit easier and a bit more difficult.
First you need to register with MyMTN. There seems to be a way to do this on their site, but with obscure menu’s and slow loading pages, I gave up. Instead dial 0831237277 from your phone and follow the prompts. You will be asked to enter a 4 digit PIN number. This is NOT your SIM PIN, but any numbers you will be sure to remember. Better still, write them down. You can now go to the MTN Homepage and click on “User Login/Register” at the top right. A pop up box allows you to enter your cellphone number and the PIN. Click “Login” to access your MyMTN account. This allows you to set up various MTN services and to see account and data service balances.
To get email you need to go another step. Point your browser to https://mail.mtnloaded.co.za (note the https:// again). Select the text option below the “Log In” button, “Don’t have an account? Sign up.”. Click this. Now enter your cell number and click “Continue”. Now you will have to choose a password (one you can remember or WRITE IT DOWN). You will receive a SMS with the SMS code you need to fill in. Click “Sign up” and you will be taken to the login screen. Log In and you will notice your inbox has a mail in it, “Welcome to the new MTN loaded Email”. Read this as it contains info and help you need. You can go to the “my account” option on the left menu to change your password or set up an alias.
Did you know?
Gmail’s built in spam filters mean that their free email has been judged the least spammy account available beating competitors like Yahoo, Fastmail, AIM, Zoho, iCloud and Hotmail.
Google has made this process very easy. Open a Google search window (www.google.com). Click on the text link “Gmail” on the top left and then click the “Create an account” button on the right (or click on the image above). Fill in the details requested. The hardest will be finding a user name that is not taken and simple enough to use. You have to set up a security question and answer. You also need a recovery email address in case you forget your gmail password. Finally, near the bottom of the form is a word verification to prove you are a real person. Click “I accept. Create my account” to continue. Click “Go to my inbox” or “show me my account” to bypass the promo screens and viola, you are in your email account. The emails in the inbox are full of information from the Google administrators. The “settings” text link that allows you to change various things in gmail is at the top right of the window. There are many options so don’t go there unless you want to spend some time figuring out what is what.
***Still stuck? Visit the social awareness site, “We Are Visible” and watch a video on how to set up a Gmail account!***
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