Cox deleting email access tokens, causes Outlook and Gmail apps to continually request account information
I've been a Cox customer for over 20 years. I'm ready to move on. Cox support always has the same answer for every issue I've ever had... "It's not our problem, it's a problem with (insert other ISP, other company, other service)". Let's try this one:
I used to use the Gmail app on my Android phone to access my Cox email account. Gmail was set up to use IMAP for its incoming server and SMTP for its outgoing server, just as Cox tells you to configure it. Every few days, the Gmail app would say that I needed to re-enter my password. This became a real pain, so spoke with Cox support, and they said it wasn't their problem, it was a Gmail app problem and I needed to contact "whoever makes Gmail". Yeah, they acted like they'd never heard of Gmail or Google. They said their Webmail works, so it's not their problem.
So, now I'm using Outlook. Everything is properly configured and I can send and receive email without problem... Except, you guessed it, every 3 or 4 days, it says I need to re-enter my password! But Outlook prompts me to enter EVERYTHING again (username, IMAP server, SMTP server, passwords etc etc etc). I contacted Microsoft support who told me "The ONLY way this happens, is when the ISP deletes their (Microsoft's) access token." When the access token is removed by the ISP, Outlook cannot log in with the account information previously entered, so it asks for the entire account information again.
I contacted Cox support via online chat, and was told "It's an Outlook problem. We can't troubleshoot Outlook."
It's obviously NOT an Outlook problem, just as it wasn't a Gmail problem before that. Cox is deleting access tokens from 3rd party ISPs. They're doing it regularly, and it causes it's customers problems. Cox's response is to use their Webmail, but using webmail on a phone or tablet is not a viable option. They advertise that their email system is fully compatible with 3rd party email clients, and even give Outlook as an example.
Why is Cox deleting access tokens? How can this be resolved? You're about to lose a long-time customer.