What can I do about getting POP3 access to my email when my email provider only supports webmail? 

by on February 4, 2009

Q: I currently have a basic webmail (HTML) account with Netfirms who is the domain provider for my business domain. I have my site hosted with another company. When I inquired about upgrading my email only, with out upgrade to a hosting plan, this was the responce I got from Netfirms,

“With the basic Domain Management account only, the only email option available is webmail, we do not offer a la carte email addresses that can be added onto this account. The only option would be to upgrade to one of our paid hosting plans. ”

As I do not want their hosting plan, (I have a better one), what I would like to do is somehow have access to send and receive though a mail client such as Outlook 2007. Being that the Netfirms mail account is not a pop3, nor any other type that can work with a email client directly, is there software, or a method that can bridge the webmail and Outlook?

I have found some indication in my research that there are methods, some are limited, some promise to be all inclusive, all are very confusing! Some are called conversion programs, where html is routed through a proxy or software that “figures out” the webmail client, and has it behave as a POP3, to allow to work with the likes of Outlook. That is as far as I got, as many are not very clear, nor in plain language, often some require scripting, and mostly these type of methods assume the user is already savvy with such things, so it is like reading hieroglyphics to me! That is all assuming I am researching the right things!

Has anyone heard of such a thing, or am I dreaming of something that can’t be done today/with existing technology?