In some ways, Gmail is just an ordinary email service like Yahoo or Hotmail. The key difference is they have got a really good spam blocking system.
So, here's how I used it:
- I opened a free Gmail account
- I set up an autoforward from my normal email to send all my mail to the new Gmail account
- I could have stopped there and just read my email in Gmail and adjusted it to send replies "From" my old email address
- However, I prefer to read my email via a separate program so I used the autoforward in Gmail to send the messages on to an ordinary email account which I access with Thunderbird
|Gmail settings screen|