updated 02:50 am EST, Fri March 16, 2001
Josh Rafofsky writes about new SMTP services with Apple's iTools services, noting that it now provides authenticated SMTP services for all registered users.
I have always had hassles with SMTP server access in general, as ISP's do
whatever they can to prevent spammers from taking advantage. As a customer
of AT&T Broadband's residential "Roadrunner" cable modem service, I have
*never* been able to send mail reliably when connected by their mobile
access service -- making their mobile access pretty worthless. (They claim
they've been "beta testing" for a year.) I also have PowerBook clients who
get frustrated that they have to change their SMTP servers every time they
Here's the good news, from iTools. Perhaps in preparation for tighter
integration with OS X, iTools now offers SMTP access! (Previously, iTools
users had to use their own ISP's SMTP server.) The SMTP server address for
iTools is smtp.mac.com. Yes, it does require authentication, using your
iTools name and password, but after it's set up it appears to work
regardless of how you're connected to the 'net.