"And why is that? With gmail, or yahoo,"
Yahoo is NOT a POP3 account; GMAIL is.
Yes, any e-mail account can be accessed from any connection to the WWW, but
only POP3 accounts can be accessed via one's e-mail client via such a
connection. Those of us who carry their laptops everywhere, like using an
onboard e-mail client to read, write and store their e-mail.
If you don't use Outlook Express or similar, its hard to explain all the
benefits. In fact, if you are new to such an e-mail client, it may be months
before you can appreciate the benefits.
If you had a JUNO account years ago, you have an idea of how it works. You
can read and compose off-line or not. Means, for instance, that you can
attend to your e-mail on the light in and connect and up/down load from the
motel room. With the NetZero $9.95 account, this would translate into free
Internet e-mail access 3 times a day every day all year long. Not bad for a
fellow traveler with a notebook.