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You need to be aware of the difference between a web based email system and a local email client (application).   Web based email simply uses an Internet browser to access email instead of using an application installed on your computer such as Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc. 

Email issues in general are becoming more problematic these days and with no resolve insight...  See our Oct '13 newsletter

There are two basic type of email protocols, POP and IMAP.  When setting up email you should probably know the difference as both offer something the other does not.  More information on the difference here.

Email to (SMS) text message

Using the 10-digit phone number (no spaces, dashes or other characters), you can send text messages to various cell phones assuming you know the carrier...

Subject lines are ignored and you are (still) limited to the 160 characters so be sure to remove any "signature" lines, images, etc...