Advantages It's free
Disadvantages Bad performance, design, bugs, adverts
Please note that since writing this review Talk21 has been scrapped and users moved onto Yahoo so this review no longer applies but remains for historic curiosity.
I registered for talk21 about 5 years ago when there was not a lot of choice of free email services. I chose talk21 simply because at that time I could get a good email address (rather than the fredbloggs1234567 you would have had to have at hotmail or yahoo). However I don't know if this is the case any more now that there are a lot more people signed up.I have used it for all of this time but recently abandoned it because it was becoming too annoying. Over the years it has hardly been improved at all. The only reason I stuck with it for so long is that I couldn't be bothered to inform everybody of my new email address.
Firstly, what is it?Well, to be fair, talk21 is free and it does provide all the basics of a free webmail account.
What I don't like is as follows:-
1) It is so slow.
When I used it over a dial up it took an age to download the pages, probably becuase of the huge number of images and adverts. Now I have ADSL it is not a lot better. It is just slow. The fact that you have to navigate around many pages to do anything makes this worse.
3) It cannot render HTML.
As most messages you get nowadays are in HTML this is a serious problem. When you do get an HTML message you get redirected to a browser which takes ages and is very painful. Strangely, about a year ago they put in a beta version that could render HTML for about a week. This seemed to work OK but after a week they reverted to the old version and the beta has never been seen since!
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