Using MSN as Your Internet Service Provider
By Todd Ogasawara
CONNECTING TO MSN
ACCESSING MSN E-MAIL
HINTS AND TIPS
OTHER MSN SERVICES
1. MSN access phone number
Note that the handheld PC professional Internet Explorer browser can be modified to work with Web sites that require 128-bit encryption. You can find this add-on for use in the U.S. and Canada at the link below:
None of the Palm-size or Pocket PCs has built-in modems, so you will definitely have to buy a CompactFlash modem for your system. I use the Casio CompactFlash Fax/Data Modem JK-711MC56 with my Pocket PCs. Although it is made by Casio, I found it works perfectly with my HP Jornada 545 and upgraded Compaq Aero 1520 Pocket PCs.
You can read reviews of the CompactFlash modems from Pretec and Xircom in the PocketPC.com reviews linked below.
Jason Dunn has an excellent illustrated tutorial titled Configuring Your Dial-Up Connection on PocketPC.com. The article focuses on the Pocket PC. However, the instructions are nearly identical for the handheld, handheld PC professional, and Palm-size PC. These differences, as well as the single MSN-specific detail, are described below.
You can find the Make New Connection icon to create an MSN connection entry on your handheld PC professional by tapping Start/Programs/Communication/Remote Networking/Make New Connection.
The only MSN-specific information you need to know is what to type in the User (handheld PC professional) or User name (Palm-size and Pocket PC) field. You need to prefix your MSN account name with "MSN/" (note the forward slash after MSN) in the User or User name field. So, if your MSN account name is jsmith, then you should type in:
You can read more about this requirement in the Microsoft Support article titled Using MSN as Your Internet Service Provider with Windows CE.
Accessing MSN email
Fortunately, there are ways to work around the MSN POP-SPA3 issue. The Pocket PC has the simplest solution. There is a free add-on from Microsoft that modifies the Pocket PC Pocket Inbox to let it work with MSNís POP3-SPA server. You can read about how to download and install this add-on in the article titled MSN E-mail for Pocket PC.
Handheld PC professional and palm-size PC users can use the Web-based Hotmail email service to retrieve and read MSN email. Hotmail is the only Web-based email service that can work with MSNís POP3-SPA server. You can read how to configure Hotmail to work with MSN in the Microsoft Support article titled How to Check MSN E-mail on Windows CE HPC Device.
Craig Peacockís PocketPC.com article titled Web-based E-mail will help you get started in using Hotmail on your Pocket PC.
A third way to access your MSN email is an offline solution. It assumes that you synchronize your email with your desktop PC running Outlook 97, 98, or 2000. In this case, you retrieve your MSN email using your desktop or notebook PC. You would then synchronize your Windows CE device with Outlook to synchronize email. Then, you could read and respond to email on your Windows CE device while not connected to the Internet. You can read how to set up this configuration in Stefano Valenziís PocketPC.com article titled Getting Your E-mail Synchronized.
BSQUARE Messenger gives you real-time messaging access to MSN Messenger users. It is no longer directly available from bSQUARE. However it is available in the free (for Pocket PC owners) Pocket PC Starter Pak for Dummies.
Ruksun IRCNEWS Force lets you talk to other people on IRC chat servers like MSN Chat does.