POP3 e-mail in hotels and China
I use Thunderbird POP3 e-mail (my ISP is Cox) and often send and receive e-mail from hotels. I also regularly travel to China. I often encounter situations where accessing the Cox SMTP server is blocked for sending e-mails. I usually am able to get around this by using gmail's SMTP server (smtp.gmail.com). Note that both SMTP servers do use STARTTLS. I hope someone can help with the following questions:
1. gmail is currently being blocked in China. Will this affect my ability to use the gmail SMTP server there? (Note that to use the gmail STMP server from a foreign country, you have to log into your gmail Web mail account within 15 minutes of the first use and verify that the attempt to use the STMP server was from you.)
2. I have occasionally run into situations where downloading POP3 e-mail was blocked in hotels. I haven't found a workaround for that. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the cause, and a possible remedy?
While I could use a VPN service (e.g., privateinternetaccess.com), many hotels put up barriers to using VPNs. I could also use Web mail, but there are many convenience reasons why I would strongly prefer to avoid doing that.