Shorter Email Address
Recently, VSNL announced a new mail forwarding system
which will let a users have email addresses like email@example.com
instead of firstname.lastname@example.org.
email@example.com --> firstname.lastname@example.org
Now it's possible to have
The beauty of this all is that now VSNL users can have email addresses that are simple
and easy to remember. No need for that hotmail account, perhaps! It also means that
you can choose any new username that you wish! We thought guide was particularly suiting
for this site.
Important: Note that this is a forwarding address,
which means that mail send to the @vsnl.com address will be automatically forwarded to
your normal VSNL account.
How do I register my name?
To get a short Email address, all you have to do is fill up
the form at
http://mail.vsnl.com and get a new shorter and appealing email
address. It is currently available for a number of servers, including
all major cities.
The new username can be anything you wish, provided it
has not been taken by somebody else already. So hurry and
get your new address right away!
Please be careful about choosing the
new email ID, as the ID will not be changed
Please make sure that the new email id has not more than 20
alphanumeric characters including "." and "_" and the new id
must start with an alphabet. Besides this all the alphabets
must be in lower case.
Let's take Dr. Raj Mehta for an example. Currently, his
email address is email@example.com. Now, he
would like to create the shorter email address firstname.lastname@example.org
This is how he would fill in the form:
|Your Full Name:
||Dr. Raj Mehta|
|New email ID desired:
What Does it Mean?
Very simply it means that your email address is easier
Configuration for TCP/IP and Shell Users
Here are the changes you might want to make to your TCP/IP Email
Software or to your shell account configuration.
For a TCP/IP User
The only change you have to make is the change in the return
or reply-to address. Fill in your new @vsnl.com email address as your
reply-to address and you'll be all set. That is the ONLY change that
needs to be made.
If you use Netscape Communicator for email, go into Edit -->
Preferences --> Mail & Newsgroups --> Identify and fill in your new
email address under: Reply-to address
If you are using MS Outlook 98, click the Tools menu, select
Accounts, Select the email account you have, choose Properties
and under General Properties fill in your new email under Reply address
(See a screenshot)
The SMTP and POP3 configurations must remain
the same as it is now so that the email software will pick up your mail
as usual. Remember, this is a forwarding address. Your email at @vsnl.com
will be forwarded to your normal VSNL account.
For a SHELL/Terminal Account User
If you're a shell account user, you probably use Pine for email. In that case,
go into Pine and at the main menu, choose option S for setup:
? HELP - Get help using Pine
C COMPOSE MESSAGE - Compose and send a message
I MESSAGE INDEX - View messages in current
L FOLDER LIST - Select a folder to view
A ADDRESS BOOK - Update address book
S SETUP - Configure Pine Options
Q QUIT - Leave the Pine program
Choose option C: Config from the choices at the bottom of the screen
Then you will be presented with a formidable list. Scroll down all the way and
make the following changes:
customized-hdrs = Reply-To:email@example.com
Save and quit.
Test it out with a test email
Now, finally, before telling all of your friends about your new email
address @vsnl.com, you ought to test things out and make sure they work.
The easiest way this can be done is by sending a test message to yourself
and make sure that you receive it.
- Open your email program and send an email
Subject: Testing out my new email address
This message should arrive my in my old mailbox, but
it should say it's from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wait a few minutes...
- Get your email on your regular account (remember, this is where
the @vsnl.com mail should end up. The @vsnl.com is a forwarding service - not
a new POP3 mailbox)
- You should have mail which reads something similar to this:
From: Your Name <You@host.vsnl.net.in>
Reply-To: Your name <email@example.com>
Subject: Testing out my new email address
... OR ...
From: Your Name <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject:Testing out my new email address
Experienced any problems?
If you are experiencing any problems, let us know about it.