The process of signing up for a free webmail account is supposed to be simple and straightforward. And indeed, the process goes smoothly for most of the people who seek to sign up for the free webmail accounts. Occasionally though, some people do encounter challenges while trying to sign up for free web-based email accounts. In this article, we will be looking at some of those challenges, and how one can overcome them.
Where you find that your preferred webmail address has already been taken
This is the most commonly encountered challenge by people who are trying to sign up for free webmail accounts. One easily gets the impression that all the nice webmail addresses have already been taken – especially those that are directly based on common name combinations. One way to go around this challenge is by using one of the alternative email addresses suggested by the webmail system. Alternatively, you can come up with your own alternative address, to see whether it will go through. To increase the chances of the alternate address being one that has not already been taken up, you may need to consider using a combination of alphabetical and numerical characters.
Where the captcha code fails to go through
Free webmail service providers are awake to the fact that some people may try to create numerous accounts using automated software tools (also known as bots). In order to do away with this possibility, and therefore ensure that only ‘real humans’ are able to create accounts, the free webmail service providers usually put in place a captcha code verification mechanism. But some people do at times encounter a challenge where the captcha code verification simply fails to go through. In most cases, starting the account sign up process afresh will resolve this problem.
Where the system demands SMS or phone call verification
Some people encounter a challenge where, towards the tail end of the webmail account sign up process, they are required to provide a phone number for verification purposes. The idea is to have the webmail system either send an SMS (text) or an automated phone call, with digits that one is supposed to enter back into the system in order to complete the sign up process. The way to overcome this challenge is simply by entering a phone number for the verification to go through. A real challenge can, however, come up if even after entering the phone number, no text or automated phone call comes through – meaning that one is therefore unable to enter the required verification details. In such cases, what you may need to do is to restart the webmail account sign up process afresh.