When sending emails from my Hotmail account, I have been receiving a message
at the top of my message saying I have used the maximum allowable for sending
messages in a 24-hour period and then I can’t send any more emails for another
Once again, I get to place the blame on a very common culprit.
It’s all about the spammers and how we have to pay for their
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Many email providers will limit the number of emails you can send in a
particular period. However they may or may not tell you just exactly what those
limits are. The limits are likely kept obscure so that they providers can
adjust them as needed or perhaps even on a per-user basis.
The problem that they’re trying to solve is twofold:
Spammers – Spammers sometimes use services like Hotmail
directly to send their buckets of email. Putting a limit on how much you can
send in any particular period makes their jobs more difficult. Sending hundreds
or thousands of emails, as spammers do, is much more difficult if you can’t do
it all at once using a single account.
Botnets – Botnets are the result of random people’s
machines becoming infected and then being used to send email on the spammer’s
behalf. Thus any email service may face a flood of email from an
infected machine. Throttling your ability to send large quantities of email is
one way to battle the botnet legions.
none of this would be needed.”
I’ve even run into this in hotels when traveling. Many hotel or other free
internet providers such as Wifi hotspots will capture your attempts to send
email and send them through their own servers. The result is that they can
enforce a limit on the number of emails you can send. The problem is that the
times I’ve experienced it, it was a very small limit – something that an active
emailer such as myself would run into.
Unfortunately there’s little you can do. Perhaps a good provider may raise
or remove a limit for you, but it’s unlikely since it’s a maintenance
nightmare for them.
The only real recourse, besides waiting of course, is find another email
provider with a more tolerant policy.
unlikely that they would call out something as specific as number of emails
that you’re allowed to send. More likely is relatively vague terminology
relating to spam or abuse where they can implement appropriate restrictions or
policies to prevent both. By being vague about the specifics it gives them
significantly more flexibility about what kinds of techniques they can use and
how quickly they can implement them.
But it’s still all the spammer’s fault. Without them none of this would be
3 comments on “Can email providers limit how much email I send?”
I can only send 10 e-mails at a time on Windows Live Messenger. It is annoying. Can I change that?
as a legitimate business dealing with the news media on deadline projects, being stopped from working is a crime…..telling me i can’t send more than 250 emails a day is a joke! there has to be a balance in fighting spam. thanks godaddy.
As kind of a reverse to this I lost a good paying job when I couldn’t return the acceptance email to the potential employer fast enough. My service provider, Comcast, was blacklisted by the service the company used to filter email and Internet traffic SPAM. It wasn’t just me and my address, it was any email from a Comcast address. I tried sending it through my gmail and hotmail accounts and it still got bounced. I filled out the appeal form for the service that was blocking me but there was nothing I could do because I didn’t speak for Comcast. I contacted Comcast and was told they were aware of it and working to correct the problem. Several days later it was fixed but meanwhile I had lost the job to somebody else.
Another time a Canadian friend sent me a joke about Viagra. I replied by using reply which sent my response and his original message back to him telling him it was a good joke along with some other chit-chat. The email got bounced back and the reason was I had been blacklisted as a “known spammer”. I flipped! I guess the word “Viagra” in the email combined with animated emoticons he used which contained an active link to a site to download them to add to your email combined and got me banned from sending emails through his ISP. It took a week and several phone calls plus emails from both of us before I was unbanned and could email him again. Throughout it all he was able to email me. I just couldn’t email him. Again, all email accounts I used were blocked
Yet another friend’s ISP had begun using a nes filtering service called Barracuda and I had a hell of a time emailing him almost anything because it got bounced. I sent dozens of complaints to his ISP and to Barracuda. Nobody ever replied back but eventually the problem went away.
I am still really sore over the job thing.