Does Yahoo Mail support free IMAP?

Jennifer June 20, 2010
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Does Yahoo Mail support free IMAP? It looks like it was supported previously by Yahoo Plus, which has been discontinued.

  1. Anonymous
    June 21, 2010 at 1:24 am

    It is possible to get direct IMAP access without signing up for paid access nor using software like YPOPs! or FreePOPs. Yahoo! operates IMAP and secure IMAP servers (imap.mail.yahoo.com in particular), which are globally accessible. However they require a specific, non-standard IMAP command to be sent before login is done, namely: “ID ("GUID" "1")”. It is feasible to modify an open-source email client to send the ID command, and there are modified versions of Mutt and Mozilla Thunderbird available to download[23]. Alternatively, you can connect an unmodified email client through a simple IMAP proxy that adds the ID command; open source software that does this is available in beta [24].

    It is also possible to send mail through mail clients as Yahoo! also operates an SMTP server (smtp.mail.yahoo.com). It is necessary to enable SSL through port 465. For IMAP and SMTPs access the username is the user's Yahoo! Mail address and the password is the same as for webmail access.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_Mail#Free_IMAP_and_SMTPs_access

  2. pceasies
    June 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    They used to offer IMAP designed for phones for free. Here's an article
    http://yahoo.weblogsinc.com/2006/06/24/yahoo-mail-getting-free-imap-access/

    This Wikipedia article may also help:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_Mail#Free_IMAP_and_SMTPs_access