If you handle mass mailing through desktop email clients, you have to set up the incoming mail server (POP) and outgoing mail server (SMTP) correctly before you start sending and receiving emails.

Here 1and1Soft summarize POP and SMTP server settings of all commonly used email services. They are all collected from the official sources (namely, the official websites of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail, etc.). But your email service provider may change its mail server settings without any prior notification. It is suggested you contact your email service provider in case you encounter any error during the account setup or email delivery process.

In most mass mailing software, you only need to set up the outgoing mail server (SMTP server) address and port number because the software is sending mass emails out only.

In 1and1Mail, you only need to set the SMTP server correctly.
 

SMTP Servers

 

Gmail POP and SMTP Server Settings

Gmail Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.gmail.com
Use Authentication: Yes
Port for SSL: 465

Gmail Incoming Mail (POP3) Server: pop.gmail.com
Use SSL: Yes
Port: 995
Note: Enabling POP in Gmail

Account Name: Your full email address (including @gmail.com or @your_domain.com)
Email Address: Your email address
Password: Your Gmail password

Further reading: Mail Clients Configuration for Gmail

Outlook / Hotmail POP and SMTP Server Settings

Outlook/Hotmail Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.live.com
SMTP server needs authentication: Yes
This server requires SSL: No
Port
: 587

Account Name: Your full email address
Email Address: Your email address
Password: Your Outlook.com password

Yahoo! Mail POP and SMTP Server Settings

Yahoo! Mail Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Use Authentication: Yes
Port: 25 or 587
Note 1: If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) blocks Port 25, you will have to use an alternate SMTP Port number such as 587.
Note 2: AT&T customers use smtp.att.yahoo.com and Port 465 with SSL
Note 3: If you are using Yahoo! Small Business Email, please refer to here.

Yahoo! Mail Incoming Mail (POP3) Server: Only available in Yahoo! Mail Plus

Account Name: Your full email address or your Yahoo! ID
Email Address: Your email address
Password: Your Yahoo! ID password

Further reading: Yahoo! Mail Settings

AOL Mail POP and SMTP Server Settings

AOL Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.aol.com
Use Authentication: Yes
Port: 587

AOL Incoming Mail (POP3) Server: pop.aol.com
Use SSL: Yes / No
Port: 110 for standard or 995 for SSL connection

Account Name: Your full email address
Email Address: Your email address
Password: Your AOL Mail password

Further reading: Send and Receive Emails from Classic AOL Mail Account

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Free email service providers, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail, usually provide free SMTP connections to send emails and they are the most commonly used channels for mass mailing.

When using the free service, you should pay special attention to the send limits and rate limits imposed by these free email providers. Through using well-recognized mass mailing software and configuring it properly, you can easily go over the limits and save significant marketing cost.

The following data is mostly collected from the official sources (namely, the official websites of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail). But your email service provider may change its mailing policy without any prior notification. It is suggested you always contact your email service provider and ask about the most updated SMTP email send limits and send rate before proceeding with your email marketing campaigns.
 

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Gmail Sending Limit and Send Rate

Gmail Send Limits: 100 people / connection
Gmail Send Rate: 100 people / day
Gmail Attachment Size Limit: 25MB
Gmail Restriction Expiry Method: Recovered within 24 hours after the limit is reached

Gmail will temporarily disable your account if you send emails to more than 500 recipients or if you send a large number of undeliverable messages.

If you use a POP or IMAP client (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail), you may only send a message to 100 people at a time. Your account should be re-enabled within 24 hours.

Please do verify your contacts' email addresses. It's also important that everyone you are sending mail to is willing to receive it.

Further reading: Gmail Bulk Senders Guidelines

Hotmail Sending Limit and Send Rate

Hotmail Send Limits: 100 messages / connection
Hotmail Send Rate: 100 people / day
Hotmail Attachment Size Limit: 25MB
Hotmail Restriction Expiry Method: N/A

The Hotmail limit for outgoing email messages is 100 messages per day. However, it is not a fixed number!

The limit also depends on your reputation within Hotmail. The system needs a few days to build your reputation. So, there are stricter limitations on new accounts or accounts that have engaged in activity representative of abusers sending spam. As you develop a reputation for not sending junk e-mail, Hotmail increases the number of recipients that you can send messages to.

If you are a new free user, you might be limited to a lower limit compared to an older account which is a temporary restriction and is upgraded to the maximum recipients limit as soon as the user establishes credibility in the system.

You can verify your account with a mobile number (only available in limited markets at this time): http://g.live.com/1rewlive4tup/tupp to increase the limit immediately. Please note that the SMS validation will increase the limit only if you are hitting a lower limit compared to a regular free user. If you already have the maximum limit of a free account, SMS validation will not help in increasing the limit.

Or, you can upgrade to Hotmail Plus or MSN Premium, both of which are paid accounts, to enjoy a higher sending limit.

Further reading: Hotmail Daily Message Limit

Yahoo! Mail Sending Limit and Send Rate

Yahoo! Mail Send Limits: 20 people / connection
Yahoo! Mail Send Rate: 100 people / day
Yahoo! Mail Attachment Size Limit: 25MB
Yahoo! Mail Restriction Expiry Method: N/A

Yahoo! Mail accepts a maximum of 20 messages per SMTP connection. It is suggested you cap the number of messages you send to Yahoo! Mail to fall within this per-connection limit. When this limit is reached, no further messages will be accepted for delivery as Yahoo! Mail server automatically terminates the connection (without giving an error code).

If you are sending messages to a significant number of Yahoo! Mail users, you may try to reconnect to Yahoo! Mail MX servers immediately thereafter.

You may open concurrent connections from the same server to facilitate efficient transmission of your messages under the help of email marketing software.

Yahoo! Mail also keeps reputation data about each IP address and domain you send from. Therefore, by segmenting the mail stream that delivers marketing mail from another that sends transactional messages, you make it easier for Yahoo! Mail to determine and assign each mail stream's reputation.

If you use Yahoo! Mail Plus, the outbound email messages are limited to 500 per day, and each message can be sent to no more than 100 contacts at once.

Further reading: Yahoo! Mail Basics

AOL Mail Sending Limit and Send Rate

AOL Mail Send Limits: 200 / connection
AOL Mail Send Rate: Constantly changing
AOL Mail Attachment Size Limit: 25MB
AOL Mail Restriction Expiry Method: N/A

AOL also imposes a rate limit on an AOL member when a member exceeds the acceptable number of email messages sent in a given time period. Rate Limits have been put in place by AOL Mail to curtail abuse from spammers and ensure an enjoyable online experience. The maximum number of people you can send an email to is constantly changing so that spammers cannot find out what it is. If you need to send an email to a large group of people, please break your mailing list into the smallest groups possible.

Further reading: AOL Mail Rate Limit

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