As many of you know, the free version of Yahoo! Mail does not provide POP3 access. In layman's terms, you can't download messages from Yahoo! Mail to your desktop e-mail client. In order to receive POP3 access you need to upgrade to Yahoo! Mail Plus, which will cost you $19.99/ year. However, there is a poor man's alternative to gain POP3 access to Yahoo! Mail and it won't cost you a dime.
YPOP is a free open source application which allows users to access their messages from Yahoo! Mail. Currently, it supports the following OS: Windows, Mac, Solaris and Linux. It supports several popular desktop e-mail clients, such as: Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird and Eudora. Use of YPOP's in no way violates your license agreement with Yahoo! Mail. How does it work? Here is what the developers' had to say:
""How do we do it you ask? Well, this application is more like a gateway. It provides a POP3 server interface at one end to talk to email clients and an HTTP client (browser) interface at the other which allows it to talk to Yahoo!"
You can download YPOPs at SourceForge.net. For instructions on how to install and configure it for your desktop e-mail client, see the following links:
For the complete list of desktop clients supported, go to Email Clients.
YPOPs developers provide YPOPs for free but welcome any donation to continue developing YPOPs.