I think I’m safe in saying that most people have, or have had a Hotmail account. Up until recently it was my main email account outside of work, but as I needed my own email while I was out and about, Hotmail lost its appeal as it was a web only email service and was only accessible by logging into the web/wap site on my phone – a slow and frustrating process.
Thankfully, Hotmail have now added POP3 support to their email services. For those that aren’t up to speed on email jargon, POP3 is a protocol that lets pretty much any email program send and receive email. So now it doesn’t matter whether you’re using your mobile, iPhone, BlackBerry, Mail on Ovi, Outlook, Thunderbird or any other email program, you can now get your email where ever you want!
To set up Hotmail on your phone or email application, these are the settings that you’ll need:
- POP Server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
- POP SSL required: YES
- Username: Your windows live ID/Email Address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Password: Your usual sign in password
- SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25)
- Authentication Required: Yes (Same username and password as above)
- TLS/SSL required: Yes
If you’re not familiar with setting up email on your phone, most handset manufacturers can send the settings through for you. Just make sure you have all the information listed above to hand, and then click on your manufacturer below to go to their email set up wizards.
If your handset manufacturer isn’t listed here, this just means that they don’t have a settings wizard, so you’ll need to consult the user manual for your handset to find out how to set up your phone for email.
For BlackBerry handsets, please see our guide on Setting up BlackBerry Email.
iPhone users simply need to add a new account, enter your username and password and the rest of the settings will be downloaded for you.
If you have a Samsung handset (Tocco Ultra in particular) and are having problems configuring your email account, the settings are explained in detail on the Mobile Fun Forums