I decided to do my weekly email testing at a different time of day so did them yesterday evening about 8pm. The results were:-
Gmail - delivery delayed almost 2 hours
Hotmail - delivered immediately to Spam
Yahoo - delivery delayed almost 6 hours
The results for both Gmail & Yahoo are worse than normal.
If TalkTalk force me to change my email addresses then they most definitely will not be talktalk.net ones. I will instead switch to 'non-ISP' addresses like Gmail & Outlook etc so I am no longer tied to my ISP which makes switching so much easier when service levels or pricing become unacceptable.
I've found with Gmail (and sometimes with Yahoo too) it all depends on the time of day. With Gmail they seem to get delivered straight away in the morning but in the evening I see delays of 2-4 hours. I dont know if that is merely coincidence or a side effect of rate limiting.
Just to add to the conversation I am a long-standing dial pipex account user I have started to see problems only over the last 4 or 5 days during the last few months with error messages stating cannot connect to out going smtpserver. It is intermittent with success either by leaving the thing alone or by repeated attempts resending from the outbox
Hi @GregTingey This is all quite bizarre. I had all sorts of issues trying to send to Gmail addresses over the weekend. They all went direct to the relevant Inbox, but with hours of delay in doing so. However, this morning, I have sent a couple which have arrived safely almost immediately.
I still don't seem to have any effective connectivity with Sky.com, AOL and btinternet. I am also suffering from a few timeouts on Outlook this morning, and (as from last Friday and all over the weekend) logging onto Webmail has repeatedly failed. It typically takes (on both Android and Windows 10) 2-3 attempts before I can log on.
I got this response trying to send a message this evening. First time I've encountered it.
The host 'smtp.dsl.pipex.com' could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly.
Its commonly the POP one that disappears or doesnt respond, not the outgoing one.