webmail vs POP3 bandwidth consumption

Hello, what are the benefits of using webmail instead of POP3 in terms of bandwidth usage.

We are debating if using webmail instead of POP3 would reduce bandwidth consumption in our network.

We are not using Exchange , we are using Mirapoint Mail Server so outlook in cached mode is not an option.

Thank you
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mechanicus01Asked:
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shauncroucherCommented:
this all depends on the type of mail and how it is processed by the users. if you get lots of attachments for example, pop will download some or all, whereas with webmail, the user has the option of not downloading any attachment if they do not want to. there are options you can set for most mail clients where you can choose how much of a mail message and mime contents are downloaded. its very subjective really.

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Matt VCommented:
The POP3 setup will download all of the email, whereas the webmail option will only download the email when you actually click and open it.

You will still eventually pull the mail across the network, but with webmail you have the option of deleting unwanted mail before it crosses the network.
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mattibuttCommented:
i think pop3 will be better option when you look at overall matrix consider when user using web mail it will need x number of clicks to accomplish the task on the other hand with pop3 you will only using when you need it if your email is 10mb it will still be 10mb in both
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mechanicus01Author Commented:
So there is no savings in bandwidth? That is what we are trying to save.
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mattibuttCommented:
why would you want to save bandwidth if you want to save bandwidth then use the mail server such as exchange which can run LAN
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Matt VCommented:
No, there is no savings in bandwidth.  You might actually use more with webmail as it will be pulling the website across as well as the email.
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mechanicus01Author Commented:
thank you
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