Comcast / terrible experience
007, you must work for Comcast. I am practically a computer illiterate and I know you either (a) don't know what You're talking about; or (b) don't understand what We're talking about! I never had problems with Microsoft Outlook 2003 when I was with Bellsouth.net or MSN.
I've had problems similar to those reported here since Sept. 26. Each day a different problem, or a new problem one day, and then back to the old problem the next day. I've received different answers about what the problem/solution is, from the 7-10 Customer Service Rep Techs I've spoken to over that time span.
By talking to so many I've learned (a) eventually you'll get a more knowledgeable and patient Rep; and (b) that Comcast is having big problems with its "upgrade" to Smart Zone and they're tap-dancing like crazy to fix them.
Reps' answers range from "It's Microsoft's problem" "You need to upgrade to Outlook 2007" to "...technical issues with Smart Zone"; Or " just send your emails through the Comcast internet site, that works, so we’ve resolved your problem" to "hmmm... Let's try this." Guess they don't want to have to be compatible with older software like Outlook 2003. (More than one rep didn't disagree with me when I said that.)
My first problem was that messages just stayed in the Outbox. All day/night long. I (think) I fixed that by doing a System Restore to two weeks earlier, deleting my E-mail Account and setting it up all over again.
The weird thing is that when I send test email messages from the View and Change E-mail Accounts tabs, one day it works, the next not. And, the automatic test responses vary from day to day. One day my password was incorrect (Comcast accidentally changed it, Rep said "we apologize" and helped me fix that).
Most times the message when testing email is" "unable to connect with the server... please verify that the port and SSL information is correct." No matter what port and SSL the Reps suggest, none seems to work. Today, the Rep suggested I just send a test email directly from Outlook. That actually worked. (I'm sticking with Outlook because I freelance for several companies from different locations, so I wanted to toggle between all my email accounts.
I was trying to stay with Comcast because I got the $99 bundle - if I drop the internet the price of phone/cable go up, but my patience is running out as of tomorrow.) Tomorrow, if anything else is not working, I'm finding an ISP who doesn't mind working with Outlook 2003.
I hope this post helps someone else!
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