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/// Internet Mail to Commercial Systems
by Robert Niles
Whether you are part of one of the major commercial systems, like
Compuserve, Delphi, Portal, America Online, etc., it helps to know
that you can communicate with friends, relatives, and associates no
matter what online service they are on ...or you are on.
If you have access to Internet email, whether you are on a commercial
system, or not. Then you can send email to most anyone on one of the
Here's information on how to send mail to the commercial services:
- America Online (AOL)
Users on AOL, PC-Link, or Promenade can be accessed using their
screen name as the username and adding @aol.com as the domain.
For example: User "Robin F" would recieve mail addressed to
AppleLink users can be addressed via internet email as:
- BIX (Byte Information Exchange)
Simply send email to email@example.com
The most commen way to send mail to a user on Compuserve is to
simply change their account number containing a comma to the same
number but containing a period (Compuserve users have a "user ID"
usually in the format of something like xxxxx,yyy, such as
78422,482) and add @compuserve.com
Sending mail to a user on Delphi is quite simple. Simply add
Simply append @genie.gies.com to the username, ie:
MCI has three addressing structures. Knowing the format of
the receipient's online name helps
- Portal Communications
For the most part you can easily send mail to a user at Portal
by using the following convention:
firstname.lastname@example.org (ie: email@example.com)
At times a user does not frequent the "Online" system, but instead
uses the Portal Shell. To send mail to a user on the shell send to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (ie: email@example.com)
SprintMail was supposedly going through some changes. So the format
to them is not certain. I called SprintMail and talked with
one of their representatives. He didn't know, and told me I might
want to talk to someone who manages the Internet. I talked to someone
there and they weren't sure. I'll do some more fishing around and see
what I can come up with.
For information on how to send email from a commercial system to
another, or any other site on the internet, contact the customer
representatives on your system.
Special thanks to the authors of:
!%@:: A Directory of Electronic Mail Addressing and Networks
By Donnalyn Frey and Rick Adams
Published by O'Reilly and Associates, Inc.