I can view my emails online at Yahoo.
And finally after most of the afternoon getting messages making me repeatedly retype my password I have finally downloaded 6 messages.
This keeps happening - BT email is hopeless.
Why does this happen ?
You have answered your own question in line 4.
Really ? Is it something I just have to put up with ? No but unfortunately problems do happen and BTYahoo seems to have more than its fair share.
Should I just get a different email ? That is an option. If you get an non ISP email account such as gmail you are not tied to an ISP just because of your email address and will be able to change Internet providers easily to get the best prices and your gmail address is not affected.
I suppose I'm a bit old school, but I feel I get my broadband and phone with BT so the email should be part of that package.... and should work !! No argument there, of course it should work but as you have found, sometimes it doesn't. When there are problems you are best just to wait it out and not change anything such as password or settings especially if your email is working via webmail.