While cycling across the U.S. I was able to check email by downloading email headers, then selecting which messages to download in their entirety. All this was done at about 300 baud using the Sharp TM-20 pocketmail device with an acoustic modem, a public payphone, and an 800 number. I also composed most of the reports contained in my cross-country journal at www.restondigital.com/xustrip/. It's about the cheapest remote email device around.