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For port 110 POP3, you can actually read your e-mail with a sequence of telnet commands. This can be useful if a garbage message is "stuck" in your mailbox, and you can't read it any other way.

Open a telnet session to pop.sbcglobal.yahoo.com 110
(the space followed by the 110 is very important)

You should see something like the following:

Connected to pop-sbc.mail.yahoo.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK hello from popgate(2.34.1)

You will type your entire email address in the following line:
user username@sbcglobal.net (or username@ameritech.net, if appropriate) followed by the enter key.

You'll see: +OK password required.

At that point, you'll type in pass followed by a space, followed by your password, and the enter key again.

You'll then see something like:

+OK maildrop ready, 176 messages (17515507 octets) (37344915 2147483648)

At this point, you have several commands available, each one followed by hitting the enter key.

list shows the position number and size in bytes of all the messages sitting in your mailbox.

retr followed by a space, and a number displays that message on your screen

dele followed by a space, and a number deletes that message from your mailbox

quit ends the POP3 session.

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