I just wanted to let you know about a nice free email I found at gmx.com AND it seems to work with AW2K =) I haven't had the chance to download my mail yet, since I'm setting up filters first, but both tests ran fine. You have to use the "Use SMTP Authentication".
You can also use it to import your mail from gmail, yahoo, etc. The search function doesn't seem to work very well on large inboxes, mine had approx. 10k mails though & other than that I've not had any other problems.
Anyways, hope this helps some people out that have the free emails that won't work.