We I recently switched to Orange broadband. I got a free laptop from PC World, I pay less than I did on Onetel and I seem to have ben setup at a faster speed (1.5Mb rather than 1Mb). BUT there are some interesting surprises in the offer that they don’t tell you on the tin. First and foremost, you can only use their smtp server on port 25. Now most people wouldn’t mind this, but the mail server applies it’s own spam censorship and rejects mails it thinks are spam, and secondly, it is as flaky as hell and doesn’t accpet any mail at all for hours. The spam censorship is very crude, it rejects most of my work emails since they talk about business and have URLS, but I guess it might be better than Onetel where the mail servers there often featured on spam blacklists, so I couldn’t email the European Commission without having my emails rejected. So, how to solve this? Well I already had, in that I use Google Mail and use it to send my email through their secure smtp server which does not operate on port 25 and is not blocked by Orange. It works, it is a little fiddly since I have to change my default “From” email on Gmail, but all in all it’s okay. BUT I am a nerd, a techhead through and through, what do the poor sods stuck on the end of Orange’s shinky and censorious service do? I guess you get a Google Mail account and access your email online, I have to say that it increasingly looks the best solution all round. Now, I guess it’ll not surprise you that Orange also seem to have a firewall running that by default tries to stop p2p traffic. It doesn’t seem to work that well, Azureus and aMule seem to get round it well, but again it’s not something they warn you of when you sign up and since I went for the “unlimited” account it would have been reasonable to expect it.
Oh well, I’m okay, but I do feel sorry for some of the people this will bite in the ass.