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Old 01-30-08, 03:22 PM
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How long does it usually take to receive an email?

I've been sitting here for the last 15 minutes refreshing my Hotmail inbox waiting for an email to arrive

Is this a Hotmail issue or are most emails like this? I have a Gmail account also, and it seems to be much speedier.

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Old 01-30-08, 03:42 PM
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For my ISP it's a few seconds, sometimes maybe up to 1 minute. My Yahoo mail account is slower, but even that generally takes no longer than 3 or 4 minutes. It should be virtually instantly - the speed of light, but that would be in an ideal world, eh!
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Old 01-30-08, 04:11 PM
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did you check the spam folder? it might be there
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Old 01-30-08, 04:21 PM
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It just showed up! Damn near an hour! WTF?!
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Old 01-30-08, 04:39 PM
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I was just on the phone with my wife and sent her an email. It was in her inbox before my 'message sent' screen could completely load.
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Old 01-30-08, 07:50 PM
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SMTP mail can queue up due to many issues along the way... SMTP is designed to handle issues along the way by queuing and retrying.

It could be something on the originator's side as well as on your side, or in between if the originator uses an SMTP provider, etc.
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Old 01-30-08, 08:24 PM
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you should have gotten a tracking number and delivery confirmation
then you could log in and track where its currently at and its estimated delivery date
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Old 01-30-08, 10:59 PM
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gmail and isp mail is always a few seconds.
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Old 01-31-08, 02:40 AM
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What type of email was it?

If it was any type of automated response, the delay is typically on the sender's end, i.e. the email wasn't even sent until almost an hour after you saw the "expect an email shortly" message on a website.
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Old 01-31-08, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by sniper308
SMTP mail can queue up due to many issues along the way... SMTP is designed to handle issues along the way by queuing and retrying.

It could be something on the originator's side as well as on your side, or in between if the originator uses an SMTP provider, etc.
good answer...
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Old 01-31-08, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by twikoff
you should have gotten a tracking number and delivery confirmation
then you could log in and track where its currently at and its estimated delivery date
And if you don't get it in a few seconds, then you can dispute the charges with PayPal ... er ... is this not an YAET thread?

Seriously though, mail should take <1 minute 95% of the time, key word being should.
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