Some pretty savvy folks out there may have the answer - possibly I suspect, one I won't really like!
Anticipating a need to connect away from home and normal access points I indulged in a new BlackBerry 'Curve', which comes with software that allows one to 'tether' it to a laptop by usb and use it as a wireless modem.
Before leaving home I did manage to glean the info that virgin's access point address was simply 'goto.virginmobile.uk': this did indeed prove to be sufficient info to get on line with (though with a speed of less than 100k/sec it is scarcely worth trying, as it can take ten mins to open even the signing in page at virgin...). At least, I thought, it will be easier to write emails and news messages on the laptop than on the BB and I could just send them through.
Not so, it seems. Now I have one of those awkward accounts that used to be ntl, then virgin, and now virgin passed to google. There has already been trouble with the mail settings, with some getting away with some ports but ntl others and some needing SSL but not others. And, of course virgin's mobile network goes through T-mobile, so it's all a bit complex for my overstressed brain.
Anyhow, I find I can receive mail and news to the laptop via the blackberry, but the only thing I can *send* from the laptop is news to this eternal-september server. No matter what combination of ports and security I try I either get eternal 'connecting' or a message like:
An unknown error has occurred. Account: 'xxxx, Server: 'SMTP.ntlworld.com', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '421 aamtaout03-winn.ispmail.ntl.com connection refused from [18.104.22.168]', Port: 465, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 421, Error Number: 0x800CCC67
Actually I'm now not getting downloads from the virgin news server either:
Account: Spamletnews.cable.ntlworld.com Server: news.virginmedia.com Protocol: NNTP Port: 119 Secure(SSL): 1 Code: 800ccc0f
And for send: Outlook Express could not post your message. Subject 'test', Account: 'Spamletnews.cable.ntlworld.com', Server: 'news.virginmedia.com', Protocol: NNTP, Port: 119, Secure(SSL): Yes, Error Number: 0x800CCC0F
Now, virgin news uses 'highwinds' and virgin/ntl mail google but neither is letting me send anything through the phone, though I can access/send mail *on*/*from* the phone with no hassle other than the ages it takes to enter stuff from a tiny keypad.
Anyone know what gives, and if there is a way round: or is every server bar e-s simply bouncing stuff from tethered phones?
Appols if this is long and ot, but I may be stuck in this primative communication mode for 6weeks and I'm tearing my hair out already! Thank goodness I set up the eternal-september when ms pulled the plug!